Madame Speaker, Honourable Ntombi Mekgwe, Honourable Members of the Executive Council, Honourable Members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Honourable Members of Parliament;
Former Premier of Gauteng and Chairperson of the ANC Paul Mashatile, Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Cllr Mondli Gungubele, All Mayors, Speakers, Chief Whips and Councillors of Gauteng municipalities, Leaders of Political Parties represented in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Leaders of Religious Formations, Community Organisations, Trade Unions, Business, Women and Youth Sector, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, The Wife of the late Comrade Sam Ntuli and the Members of the Ntuli Family, Director-General and Heads of Departments Provincial Commissioner of Police, General Mothiba, Veterans of our struggle, Isithwalandwe Ahmed Kathrada, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Isu Chiba, Distinguished guests, Comrades and Compatriots Fellow citizens of Gauteng.
I hereby join the Speaker in welcoming you to the opening of the fifth Legislature in Thokoza township in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipality.
Once more, I am humbled by the distinct and singular honour to be the sixth Premier of Gauteng province, the leading economy in the country and significant player in the African economy. I want to assure the people of Gauteng that my election comes with enormous responsibility to serve you with honour, integrity and dedication.
Allow me to welcome to this august house the family of our dear Comrade and Hero, Sam Ntuli – his brothers, sisters and children. Comrade Sam Ntuli was a gallant freedom fighter and outstanding community leader who played a central role in the struggle against apartheid tyranny in the East Rand.