Who are the DA's federal chairperson candidates

2015-05-05 09:29
Athol Trollip. (File, Beeld)

Athol Trollip. (File, Beeld)

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Port Elizabeth - The Democratic Alliance is not only electing a new leader this coming weekend, but also a federal chairperson.

News24 looks at the candidates for the latter position, to be voted on at the party's federal congress in Port Elizabeth.

Athol Trollip

DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip has been involved in politics since 1995 when he was elected executive councillor in the Amathole district municipality.

In 1999 he was elected to the Eastern Cape legislature and re-elected in 2004. He was the leader of the DA caucus and leader of the official opposition.

He served as the party's deputy provincial chairperson in 1998 and provincial leader since 2002.

Trollip has also served on the federal council since 1998 and the federal executive since 2002.

In 2009, Trollip left the provincial legislature and became an MP. In 2011 he was elected Parliamentary leader.

He held this position until October 2011 when he lost the vote, after a mid-term election, to Lindiwe Mazibuko.

In 2013, Trollip returned to the Eastern Cape and resumed his duty as leader of the DA in the provincial legislature.

During the 2014 general elections, Trollip was the DA's premier candidate. This year he was approached to be the Nelson Mandela Bay mayor candidate for next year's local government elections.

Trollip grew up in the Eastern Cape and has been farming on his family farm in Bedford for 20 years.

Makashule Gana

Thirty-one-year-old Makashule Gana is an MP and DA deputy federal chairperson.

He entered politics during his first year at the University of Limpopo in 2000 when he joined the SA Students Congress.

In 2002, he joined the DA and the DA Youth.

He was elected Limpopo chairperson of the DA Students Organisation in 2003.

In 2005, Gana moved to Johannesburg and in 2006 he was elected branch youth chairperson for the Johannesburg inner city.

In 2007, he was elected DA Youth chairperson for the Johannesburg central constituency and in 2008 Gauteng south DA youth chairperson.

In 2009, Gana became a city councillor in Johannesburg.

In 2010, he became DA Youth federal leader.

Following his appointment as deputy federal chairperson of the party in 2012, Gana stepped down as youth leader in May 2013.

He is currently a member of Parliament.

Gana grew up in Tzaneen, Limpopo.

Masizole Mnqasela

Mnqasela is currently a member of the Western Cape provincial legislature and chairperson of the standing committee on local government.

He was initially an African National Congress branch organiser in Mkhaza, Khayelitsha from 2001 to 2002, and the general secretary of Ward 096 Development Forum in the area.

In 2003, Mnqasela joined the DA and became its branch chairperson in Ward 096 until 2004.

He introduced the DA to the Khayelitsha Development Forum, which had refused the DA membership, and served on its executive committee from 2004 to 2007.

From 2003 to 2008 Mnqasela was a constituency chairperson and from 2003 to 2009 he served as a City of Cape Town councillor.

Mnqasela served as a member of the provincial council since 2004.

In 2009, he served as an MP, until last year.

From 2012 until last year he had been a member of the DA's federal council.

Mnqasela was born in the village of Nqadu near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, but grew up in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

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