Bloemfontein - The DA as the new official opposition in
the Free State legislature is ready to work, the party’s caucus leader Roy
Jankielsohn said on Wednesday.
The DA's growth has given them two additional seats in
Jankielsohn introduced the DA Free State team to the
local media on Wednesday.
They are Jankielsohn, new Chief Whip David van Vuuren,
caucus chairperson James Letuka, and additional Whip Mariette Pittaway.
DA Thabo Mofutsanyana chairperson Leona Kleynhans would
be the fifth MPL.
Free State DA leader Patricia Kopane would serve in the
Jankielsohn said the DA was the fastest growing political
party in the province and nationally.
The DA grew by 44 828 votes from 2009 to total 164 672 in
"Every election we are getting closer to governing
the Free State and nationally.
"We are much closer than in the past."
The caucus members were allocated their portfolios this
week and were experienced political administrators.
Jankielsohn served as an MP and Free State MPL in the
Van Vuuren was previously a councillor in the Mangaung
metro council and Pittaway in the Moqhaka municipal council (Kroonstad).
Jankielsohn said Letuka had deep roots in education,
sport administration, and community affairs.
"He brings experience in community affairs into
However, Letuka said he was not new to politics.
His political experience came from serving on the
executive of the SA Students' Organisation under Steve Biko.
Jankielsohn thanked voters for electing the DA into the
position of official opposition in the Free State.
He said the party was ready to conduct oversight over
provincial service delivery and implementation of government programmes.
The Free State legislature members would be sworn in on