Gauteng's Mokonyane may be replaced

There has been speculation that a major shake-up is expected in Gauteng.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - As the ANC prepares to announce its new premiers this afternoon, a political analyst has urged the ruling party to think carefully about who it names to lead the provinces.

There has been speculation that a major shake-up is expected in Gauteng.

The Star newspaper reported earlier that Nomvula Mokonyane may be replaced by Ntombi Mekgwe.

But there are also suggestions that David Makhura is being tipped to take over the province.

The ruling party is expected to formally announce who will head eight of the country's nine provinces this afternoon.

The _Star _reported that only three of the country's eight ANC premiers had not been retained.

They are Gauteng's Mokonyane, North West's Thandi Modise and the Eastern Cape's Noxolo Kiviet.

The newspaper said Modise and Kiviet would be replaced by Supra Mahumapelo and Phumulo Masualle respectively.

LIST OF POSSIBLE PREMIERS:

Gauteng: Ntombi Mekgwe/David Makhura

Mpumalanga: David Mabuza

Limpopo: Stan Mathabatha

Free State: Ace Magashule

Eastern Cape: Phumulo Masualle

Northern Cape: Sylvia Lucas

KwaZulu-Natal: Senzo Mchunu

North West: Supra Mahumapelo