Are govt employees, journalists among DA’s secret candidates?

2014-01-25 13:59

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Seven of the DA’s candidates for Parliament and provincial legislatures have chosen not to reveal their names yet even though the party’s final elections lists were revealed this morning.

Party leader Helen Zille today said these candidates had chosen not to reveal their names yet “because they are still in a different political party or organisation. They are in the process of informing their leadership and resigning from their positions.”

She said some of them might decide to withdraw and, in that case, did not want to jeopardise their careers.

The names of all the candidates will be revealed in the next few weeks when electoral rules oblige the parties to publish their full lists.

There is speculation that some of the confidential candidates are senior government employees and leading names from civil society.

After the revelations that two journalists, Brendan Boyle, formerly from the Sunday Times, and Donwald Pressly, who was this week suspended as parliamentary bureau chief for Independent Newspapers’ Business Report, there is also speculation that some of the confidential candidates could be journalists.

Zelda Jongbloed, who formerly worked for Rapport and Die Burger, is number 15 on the Western Cape list for the National Assembly.

Zille’s spokesperson, Zakhele Mbhele, will be entering politics as number 5 on that same list as will the DA’s parliamentary researcher, Phumzile van Damme.

The list also features young candidates who made it through the DA’s young leader’s programme. Andrew Whitfield tops the Eastern Cape’s list for Parliament.

There were no big surprises in the premier candidates. They are as follows:

Western Cape: Helen Zille

Gauteng: Mmusi Maimane

Northern Cape: Andrew Louw

Free State: Patricia Kopane

North West: Chris Hattingh

KwaZulu-Natal: Sizwe Mchunu

Eastern Cape: Athol Trollip

Limpopo: Langa Bodlani

Mpumalanga: Anthony Benade

The party has not yet announced if it will field a presidential candidate or who that candidate will be.

Veteran MP Sheila Camerer did not make the list.

Zille said the candidates on the lists were chosen from 1 432 aspirant candidates and that the list took more than six months to compile.

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