De Lille to stand for DA’s number one W. Cape position

2015-02-10 00:00

CAPE Town mayor Patricia de Lille ­yesterday announced she would be standing for the position of Democratic Alliance leader in the Western Cape.

“I am pleased to announce that I’m standing to be leader of the DA in the Western Cape,” she wrote on social networking site Twitter.

“I’m standing with Anton Bredell as the nominee for chairperson, and Bonginkosi Madikizela as nominee for deputy leader.”

The DA in the province is expected to hold its elective conference next month.

The province is currently led by Ivan Meyer, who will reportedly stand for a second term.

After the press conference Meyer told sister paper Die Burger party leaders had asked him to stand as federal chair and he will do so on May 11.

De Lille said she was not asked by the party to stand for the top position, but had taken the decision herself. “My record speaks for itself. My political career stretches back 40 years,” she said.

De Lille, who was a former Pan ­Africanist Congress MP, formed her own political party in 2003 called the Independent Democrats.

Seven years later, in 2010, the ID merged with the DA and De Lille took dual membership. Her party was finally dissolved in May last year.

She said she will stand with Madikizela, Western Cape MEC for Human Settlements, and Anton Bredell, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC.

Madikizela made himself available as deputy leader and Bredell, the current chairperson, will stand again in this position.

A female leader in the provincial legislature said it was high time that someone like De Lille should compete for the leadership.

“It is important to see more women in leadership positions. She is also very knowledgeable and a good leader.”

Professor Susan Booysen of the Wits School of Governance said she is not surprised to hear De Lille will stand for the DA leader. “She is an excellent leader and has proven herself.”

Professor André Duvenhage, political analyst at North West University, said De Lille’s decision would further consolidate the coloured vote in the Western Cape and she may yet take over from ­Helen Zille as premier.

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