Cape Town - The DA will contest all 4 329 wards in the
country for the August 3 local government elections, party leader Mmusi Maimane
said in Cape Town on Wednesday.
It would make its mayoral candidates known so voters
"could make a more informed choice", he said.
The party sought out a diversity of candidates and would not
use government positions as a reward for ''comradeship''.
DA Federal Executive chairperson James Selfe said 8 299
aspirant candidates made themselves available through various process,
including applying online.
They were interviewed and tested on their knowledge of
community needs and understanding of the regulatory framework, and asked to
declare things like criminal records.
They were scored and the list was whittled down, with an
appeals process in place. A total of 550 appeals were received.
The appeals process was almost finished and the party would
be ready to submit its lists to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) by the
deadline of 17:00 on Thursday.
The final list would be available after that, either through
the party, or the IEC.
The DA also announced its list of mayoral candidates and
Maimane challenged ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe to do the same.
''We are in fact the only party in South Africa that can
match the ANC across all provinces, cities and wards,'' he claimed.
Maimane said the party did not use race or gender quotas,
believing this manipulated the outcome.
He added that the DA had top female leadership, including
his predecessor Helen Zille.
The DA's mayoral candidates are:
Johannesburg: Herman Mashaba;
Tshwane: Solly Msimanga;
Midvaal: Bongani Baloyi;
Ekhurhuleni: Ghaleb Cacahalia.
Nelson Mandela Bay: Athol Trollip;
Kouga: Elza van Lingen;
Koukamma: Yolanda le Roux;
Beyers Naude: Samantha Jankovich-Besan.
Sol Plaatje: Surech Kika;
Ubuntu: Wilma Schutz;
Richtersveld: Rolf Jonker;
Nama Khoi: Wouter Jordaan;
Hantam: Aubrey Claasen;
Emthanjeni: Henning Jacobus Rust.
Mangaung: James Letuka;
Metsimaholo: Linda Radebe.
Ethekwini: Haniff Hoosen;
Msunduzi: Mergen Chetty;
Umgeni: Pam Passmoor.
Cape Town: Patricia de Lille;
Matzikamma: Rhenda Stephan;
Cederberg: Jimmy Barnard;
Beaufort West: Djorge Malooi;
Prince Albert: Stoffel Botes;
Cape Agulhas: Paul Swart;
Oudtshoorn: Colan Sylvester;
Kannaland: Joslyn Johnson;
Drakenstein: Conrad Poole;
Breedevallei: Antoinette Steyn;
Langeberg: Henry Jansen;
Witzenberg: Barnito Klaasen;
Stellenbosch: Gesie van Deventer;
Swartland: Tijmen van Essen;
Bergrivier: Evert Manuel;
Saldanha: Marius Koen;
Swellendam: Nicholas Myburgh;
Overstrand: Rudolph Smith;
Theewaterskloof: Christelle Vosloo;
Laingsburg: Bertie van As;
George: Melvin Naik;
Knysna: Eleanor Bouw-Spies;
Hessaqua: Grant Riddles;
Bitou: Memory Booysen;
Mossel Bay: Harry Levendal.