The DA’s new Meyer

2012-10-13 19:38

Western Cape sports and cultural affairs MEC was yesterday unanimously elected as the DA’s provincial leader. Carien du Plessis asked him what his plans are
 
You were nominated unanimously so there was no voting contest. Is this good?
One of the indicators of good governance, and in a sense the DA has always favoured this, is predictability.

This because we have leaders who have established themselves. In the DA, leaders are nominated before congress.

No nominations are done from the floor.

How were you nominated?
I was asked to stand in 2010 but I refused because I saw there was an opportunity for me to grow. I entered (full-time politics as MEC) in 2009 and I don’t believe in the culture of jetting leaders in.

Theuns Botha is stepping down as provincial leader and becoming your deputy. Won’t he end up controlling you behind the scenes?
As new leader I will give him specific tasks related to his strong points. I’m going to use him to help with a political realignment while the day-to-day running of the province will be my responsibility.

Unlike the ANC, we don’t have a big chief, induna culture. In the DA we don’t choose a leader, we choose
a leadership. It is a collective responsibility.

What will be your aims for Western Cape as new leader?
I want to grow the voter base from the current 51% to 60%, give more responsibility to constituency heads and stand fast behind the Constitution.

South Africa is a complex and plural society, and many people feel excluded. I will be driving the concept of cultural warmth through a project of reconciliation.

Is that not the same as the ANC’s ‘home for all’ campaign?
No. A campaign is judged on the results and the results of this campaign was a bitter fight within the home of the ANC with the eventual recall of premier Ebrahim Rasool.

Will you be premier one day?
I have no such ambitions. I have strong feelings that we need (Western Cape Premier) Helen Zille in the second term to increase our governance record and use it as a springboard to 2019 (general election), when the DA will be going to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.