The ANC has earlier appointed Cogta MEC and ANC Women's League deputy president, Ntombela, as premier-elect for the Free State. Her position has just been confirmed by the Provincial Legislature at the provincial budget speech in Xhariep.
ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule announced the names of the Free State's and Mpumalanga's premiers-elect earlier today, following the party’s national working committee meeting on Monday.
Ntombela replaces Magashule, who was the premier of the Free State.
Mpumalanga Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Refilwe Mtsweni, was announced as the premier-elect for Mpumalanga.
Mtsweni was acting premier of Mpumalanga. She succeeded former premier David Mabuza, after he was appointed deputy president of South Africa.
The ANC has previously been criticised for failing to appoint women to the key provincial positions. While the party governs eight provinces, it previously had one female premier - Sylvia Lucas in the Northern Cape.