This is Makhura’s second term as Gauteng Premier. Although his first tenure was widely described as successful, the Life Esidimeni tragedy that claimed the lives of 144 mental health patients has stained his legacy.
Born on 22 February 1968 in Limpopo, Makhura cut his teeth in politics at the tender age of 16. The ANC Gauteng chairperson was involved in the Azanian Student Movement and the Congress of South African Students (Cosas), among other organisations.
He’s held various leadership positions, including the President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at Turfloop University and ANC Youth League (ANCYL) National Executive Committee member. Makhura was recruited to the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1986 and 1987, respectively.
He has served in various other ANC leadership structures, including Gauteng provincial secretary and several sub-committees of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC). He’s also worked for Nehawu. Makhura is credited with having played a pivotal role in the introduction of a performance monitoring and evaluation systems in ANC Gauteng and overseeing the performance of provincial and local government in the province, while working closely with all the ANC mayors and three successive premiers.
Makhura holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of London. He is also trustee of the Board of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He’s promised to foster clean governance in the province.
Watch Makhura’s State of the Province Address on 18 February 2019:
Makhura has also been at the forefront of the scrapping of the e-toll system in Gauteng. He’s promised to continue pushing for this.