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DA not confident in Makhura's Cabinet

The official opposition says Makhura must identify weaknesses in his Cabinet and make changes.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng says although it's looking forward to working with newly appointed Gauteng Premier David Makhura, it's not confident of his Cabinet.

Makhura was elected as premier earlier this week, replacing Nomvula Mokonyane.

He announced changes to his provincial Cabinet on Friday.

Outgoing Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy was announced as the new finance MEC.

Panyaza Lesufi will replace Creecy in the provincial education department.

Lesufi's move to the province comes after he acted as spokesperson for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

DA Gauteng leader John Moodey said he gives Makhura just 18 months.

"I look forward to working with Mr Makhura but I think his strength of leadership is not going to be able to pull his team together he is going to have to make changes where he identifies weaknesses."

At the same time, Makhura has said he is ready to lead the province and tackle issues raised by residents.

Makhura said many issues raised by Gauteng residents, including e-tolls, were top of his agenda and he would work with national government to see what could be done.