Zille: I wasn't pushed - As it happened

2015-04-12 11:19

Get all the details from the DA's media briefing during which Helen Zille announced that she won't be standing for re-election as the party's leader.

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12 Apr 14:09
HZ says two people called Jack Swart and Neil Els have put their names into the hat for the party leader role.

12 Apr 14:08

12 Apr 14:06
Zille says she won't take any sides of any leadership nominees or candidates.

12 Apr 14:04
HZ says sometimes the media invents a parrallel universe.

12 Apr 14:04
Zille said if she was re-elected next month it wouldn't be a bad outcome but a new team will grow the party more and faster.

12 Apr 13:55
Zille: there was not a single person who pushed me... not one. I made the decision myself.

12 Apr 13:53
Zille said she drew up list of pros and cons to help with decisions. Politics isn't an exact science.

12 Apr 13:50
Zille: I believe DA needs an excellent leader, and age has nothing to do with that. Gives Hillary Clinton as example.

12 Apr 13:46
Zille: No party can build 1 nation from divided past unless it's it has leadership that looks like ours.

12 Apr 13:43
They'll probably have to carry me out on a strecther one day and into a mortuary, jokes HZ. She'll continue working at the party.

12 Apr 13:42
Zille: DA is diversity in action, we say what we mean in the DA.

12 Apr 13:35
Find below a link to Zille's full statement on her decision not to stand for re-election as party leader.

12 Apr 13:33

12 Apr 13:32
Party leadership now taking questions from reporters. Zille, with a smile, asks a reporter not to call her "Madam Zille".

12 Apr 13:30
In this party everyone has a point of view - HZ

12 Apr 13:30
I will continue working unceasingly to consolidate democracy in South Africa. This has been my life’s work - HZ

12 Apr 13:29
HZ says they can have a short and sharp campaign for next leader.

12 Apr 13:27
HZ states that she is convinced that the party's growth prospects will be better under a fresh new team.

12 Apr 13:26
HZ: my interest is motivated by the future of this country and democracy and the DA is the champion of that course.

12 Apr 13:25

12 Apr 13:24
ANC's Zizi Kodwa told News24: It's Zille's decision and we've got nothing to say about it.

12 Apr 13:24
Zille: it is slightly early to go but the congress in 2018 is too late.

12 Apr 13:22
HZ: Every political party needs renewal and needs fresh blood after a decade.

12 Apr 13:20
I've worked with absolutely outstanding people, including people on the FedEx - HZ

12 Apr 13:20
I've led the DA for eight years, sometimes it feels like 80 years, sometimes like eight months - HZ

12 Apr 13:19

12 Apr 13:19
HZ: a leader of a political party... is often bombarded by contradictory advice

12 Apr 13:18
HZ: As premier and mayor - I don't know what it feels like to be president - clear guidelines what you may and must do.

12 Apr 13:17
This term (as premier) is due to end in mid-2019, says HZ

12 Apr 13:16
I have every intention of completing term as Western Cape premier, says HZ.

12 Apr 13:15
Zille: one of many things I've learned is that it is easier to lead a sphere of govt than a political party.

12 Apr 13:13
Zille (HZ) to announce her statement. She won't be available for re-election at federal congress. Decision taken last week.

12 Apr 13:13
Zille now addressing reporters.

12 Apr 13:12
This is from a statement put out on the DA's website that appears to have mistakenly gone up. It was quickly taken down.

12 Apr 13:08
Looks as if it's about to begin. Athol Trollip, Wilmot James, Mmusi Maimane among others are there. Zille's not in the room (yet).

12 Apr 13:06
Not sure what this is about...

12 Apr 13:04

12 Apr 13:03
DA leaders seem tense, says reporter Greg Nicolson.

12 Apr 13:01

12 Apr 12:59
Media now being invited upstairs to where the briefing is to be held. So it might begin soon.

12 Apr 12:58

12 Apr 12:55

12 Apr 12:54
Not sure what this is about but OK...

12 Apr 12:41

12 Apr 12:40

Enca's Xolile Mngambi says Zille's party spokesperson Ntomboxolo Makoba wasn't even aware of any big changes within the party. There was speculation earlier on Sunday that the announcement had to do with leadership changes within the party in the Western Cape (where it governs).

At this point, the media conference hasn't started, more than an hour after it was supposed to.


12 Apr 12:13

Netwerk24 tweeting that at least one source says Zille is stepping down as party leader.

The briefing hasn't started yet and it's still unclear when it will start. It was meant to begin at 11.30.


12 Apr 12:01

12 Apr 11:48
Media now told to wait downstairs away from the room where DA federal executive is meeting. Presser delayed. Not sure when we are starting, says News24's Genevieve Quintal.

12 Apr 11:45

12 Apr 11:33

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