AFRICAN National Congress (ANC) secretary David Makhura is on Wednesday elected as the new premier of Gauteng in the provincial legislature, replacing Nomvula Mokonyane.The selection of the Gauteng premier was closely watched, particularly because the leadership of the ANC in Gauteng under Mr Makhura and ANC chairman Paul Mashatile had opposed Mr Zuma for re-election in the party’s Mangaung conference in 2012.At least two other legislatures in the Free State and the North West also held their first sittings after the May 7 national election.In Gauteng, Judge President Dunstan Mlambo conducted the proceedings, which started with the 73 members of the legislature taking their oaths and making affirmations.Mr Makhura, wearing a grey suit, was seated in the front row between ANC treasurer and local government MEC Ntombi Mekgwe and ANC chief whip Brian Hlongwa.Mr Makhura’s selection surprised many — speculation had been rife that Ms Mekgwe had secured the coveted post.Mr Hlongwa nominate...

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