Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

Gauteng’s hands-on education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, has taken the lead in the battle to become the deputy chairman of the ANC in Gauteng. This and other positions will be decided at the provincial elective conference set to take place at the weekend. The elections in 2019 will be a make-or-break poll for the ANC in Gauteng, as the new leadership due to be elected has to put up a tough fight to retain control of the richest province. Support for the ANC has slipped dramatically in the last two elections. In the 2014 national poll, the ANC in Gauteng shed 10% of its support. It was dealt a further blow in the 2016 local election when it lost two key metros: Johannesburg and Tshwane. Former Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile was elevated to the ANC’s national treasurer at the party’s national conference in December. He is expected to be replaced by deputy chairman David Makhura, who is standing uncontested for the post. Parks Tau The position of deputy chairman is now heavily contested betw...

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