DA leadership in KZN hotly contested

2012-03-15 00:00

THE provincial leadership battle in the Democratic Alliance entered its final sprint last night before the provincial congress that takes place in Ladysmith on Saturday.

DA Leader Helen Zille and Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko will both address the gathering.

There will be 650 delegates representing 15 constituencies in KZN who will be voting for the party’s provincial leadership.

Contenders for the position of KZN leader — Sizwe Mchunu and Ziba Jiyane — squared up to each other in a final debate in Pinetown last night.

Party insiders say that at this stage it is a closely fought contest and the opponents are expected to continue canvassing right up until Saturday and the start of the congress.

Jiyane, a former IFP national chairperson, was a surprise entry in the leadership race, having joined the party barely a year ago in April last year.

Mchunu is a long-time DA member, having grown up within its ranks after joining its youth wing.

DA provincial director William Goldstone said yesterday that this looked like the most hotly contested DA elective congress in the province.

Other positions being vigorously contested are:

• Deputy provincial leader: George Mari (Middle Durban constituency), Francois Rogers (Sisonke), Rory Macpherson (North Durban).

• Provincial chairperson: Greg Krumbock (Mooi Umgeni), Haniff Hoosen (South Durban);

• Provincial deputy chairperson: Dianne Kohler-Barnard (Central Durban), Louis Fourie (iNkwazi), Zwakele Maxwell Mncwango (West Durban), Francois Rogers (Sisonke), Makhosazana Mdlalose (Abaqulusi), Michael Bond (Mooi Umgeni), Nomathemba Phungula (West Durban), Shehana Gabie (Central Durban), Sibusiso Nkosi (Abaqulusi), Warwick Chapman (Central Constituency).

Goldstone said the presiding officer of congress would be Gauteng MPL Mike Moriarty.

Members of the diplomatic corps based in Durban and representatives of other local organisations have been invited to the event.

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