DA leader: Yes, no & maybe list

2015-04-16 17:27
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Johannesburg - With a little more than a week to go until nominations for leadership positions in the DA's close, there is still speculation about who will be standing to take over as leader of the party from Helen Zille.

Although no one has come out saying they will definitely stand for the position, there are some DA leaders who say they are considering it and others who have flat out said no.

Those considering the job were:

Mmusi Maimane

The DA parliamentary leader seems to be tipped as the favourite to take the role of DA leader. But he has been very quiet since Sunday, when he said he would have to "think deeply about it". His spokesperson, Mabine Seabe, told News24 on Thursday to send Maimane an SMS, to which he had not responded to by Thursday afternoon. Maimane attended a caucus meeting in Parliament in the morning and was in the National Assembly in the afternoon.

Many in the party have said that Maimane would be a competent and able leader.

Wilmot James

Federal chairperson Wilmot James is considering the possibility of standing. After Zille's announcement he said it was "probable".

On Thursday, when he was asked if he was still considering standing, he told News24: "Yes. Still working through it though."

David Maynier

Maynier, a DA MP, is also considering the top job. The MP has spent six years in Parliament.

"I am considering it, but it appears now that Wilmot James is highly likely to stand and I would not stand against him and I'm therefore highly unlikely to stand," he told News24 on Thursday.

John Moodey

The Gauteng DA leader said he was seriously considering standing for the position.

"I'm even more serious about considering it, given the number of people who have been contacting me over the past few days encouraging me and asking me to avail myself. So I'm very encouraged by that call for me to serve and I'm giving it serious consideration," he told News24 on Thursday.

John Steenhuisen

Steenhuisen, the party's chief whip in Parliament, has made it clear from the start that he would not stand for the top job. "Absolutely not," was his response when he was asked over the weekend.

"But if Mmusi Maimane stands I will support him 100%."

Athol Trollip

The DA leader in the Eastern Cape has decided to stand for the position of federal chairperson. He has also been nominated to be the party's mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay in next year's local government elections.

"I made my announcement that I will be standing for the soon to be vacated federal chairperson position and that decision has not changed since Helen's announcement," he said.

Makashule Gana

Gana, a deputy federal chairperson, will be contesting Trollip for the position of federal chair at the party's federal congress next month. He will also continue to focus on campaigning for this position and not on leader of the party.

"The announcement does not in any way change my plans... the people who say they are supporting me [for the chairmanship], have not abandoned my campaign as a result of this announcement. We continue to make sure we go to PE and I come back as the chairperson of the DA," he told News24 earlier this week.

Patricia de Lille

De Lille, who is Cape Town mayor, has said she is focusing her energy on running for Western Cape DA leader. She is standing against former Western Cape police commissioner Lennit Max at the provincial conference.

In a letter sent to Western Cape delegates, De Lille said: "Despite media speculation, I will not be standing for the position of federal leader after Helen Zille decided to step down. I am completely focused on becoming the kind of provincial leader the DA needs for success in the 2016 local government elections and beyond."

Lindiwe Mazibuko

The former Parliamentary leader, who is currently in America studying at Harvard, was asked to come back and stand. However, Mazibuko in a statement earlier this week said she would not be returning.

"I wish to clarify that I will not be making myself available for election to any leadership post at the DA's 2015 congress," she said.

"I believe that I have much to contribute to the project of building a better country for all our people... When the time is right, I will make myself available for whichever position I believe will enable me to best make a contribution towards building a better South Africa."

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