The bruising battle for the purse of SA's richest province, Gauteng

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- citizen.co.za | 2 months ago

With just two weeks before South Africans cast their votes in the tightly-contested May 8 general elections, Gauteng province’s 18,176 square meters of heavily populated land area has been extensively crisscrossed by politicians soliciting votes.

Zooming in on South Africa’s richest province, which single-handedly contributes a third of the national Gross Domestic Product, figures provided by Statistics SA show that the most populous Gauteng province is home to a staggering 14 million people – undoubtedly a fertile ground for the politician as May 8 looms. Last year, the opposition Democratic Alliance announced the then Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga as its Gauteng premier candidate, to tackle the incumbent Gauteng Premier David Makhura – who is also the governing African National Congress’ provincial chairperson.

With the Julius Malema-led Economic Freedom Fighters outfit not fielding any premier candidates because the party “does not believe in the separation of South Africa based on the nine provinces”, the bruising battle royale to be the Gauteng premier standing after May 8 has been left to Msimanga and Makhura – with no love lost between the two who previously squared off vocally in their roles as mayor and premier respectively.

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