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New DA leader for Limpopo elected

2012-06-09 20:43

Polokwane - National assembly member Jacques Smalle was elected as the new DA leader for Limpopo at the party's provincial congress in Polokwane on Saturday.

He replaces Desiree Van der Walt after the fiercely contested election.

Smalle emerged victorious after four contestants were eliminated in the voting.

Before the election started, Democratic Alliance leader Hellen Zille warned delegates not to vote for their leadership on the basis of race.

She said that racial favour could cost the party in its fight for more seats in the provincial governments.

Four years ago, Van der Walt ousted Mike Holfford in an election that saw some black leaders defecting to African National Congress and Congress of People.

Some delegates accuse Van der Walt of ruling with iron fist and making it difficult for the structures to operate by imposing decisions on them.

They said it was a reason she lost her position.

The contests for other positions were underway on Saturday afternoon with delegates expected to nominate a deputy leader and chairperson.

Comments
  • Erna - 2012-06-09 20:54

    And look they managed to have an election like civilised people without beating each other up or showing bums!

      lephans.lufuno - 2012-06-09 20:59

      Who cares?

      Godfrey - 2012-06-09 21:10

      @Erna...and no large police contingent.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-09 21:19

      U r rude Erna.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-09 21:28

      Possibly better to cede Zimbabwe-south to Mugabe.

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-09 21:51

      Erna we cannot expect civilsed behaviour from uncivilised people.

      Erna - 2012-06-09 22:14

      @eugene - why? Because I said bums or you don't like what I said?

      petrofect - 2012-06-09 22:24

      that's what happens when you have a provincial conference with 40\r\ndelegates, cousins aunts, sisters\r\netc.

      Gary - 2012-06-10 09:17

      @ratasaka - you are such a prick with your "don't say bad things (even if true) otherwise me might not vote for you" attitude. The truth is that you and your Neaderthal friends (i guess it is ok to call u that if you throw the coconut insult around) will always vote ANC, cause u dont have the intelligence to do anything else.. no matter what they do. Hell, I rekon if an ANC leader were raping your mother in the election booth you would step over them to go put your cross next to their name.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:47

      Ratsaka, what's rude about the truth?.

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 12:48

      Vote DA. The anc have stuffed up on all fronts. Can the anc supporters here honestly think that the anc has done a good job on education in South Africa? They destroyed it! They have stuffed education for their own children up! Sacrificed their own children's future for a little cross on a ballot paper! Sacrificed the own children's future for an incompetent like Zuma! On that one point all votes should go to the DA or COPE or just boycott the anc if you do not have the courage to vote DA!

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:48

      Ratsaka if your friends are as stupid as you, who need therm?.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-06-09 20:58

    Another White Person elected. DA will never run this country, only in its dreams

      Mogalefi - 2012-06-09 21:14

      DA will never stand a chance to rule South Africa. A unified party is yet to be born and that's when the ANC will see Jesus on the back of a donkey.

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-09 21:45

      Why does leadership have to be black. Such a racist statement. Surely leaders are appointed because they are the best to job.

      Erna - 2012-06-09 22:10

      Not in SA.

      petrofect - 2012-06-09 22:23

      why do the DA(Disguised Apartheied) always think that they are superior(or perfect)?

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-10 01:50

      Mbavhalelo go to Luthuli House and jump. The Western Cape is not the black man's land as you claim the whole of SA to be. Late in the 16th century the Europeans traded tobacco, copper and iron with the KhoiKhoi in exchange for fresh meat. So take your land, mara as a born black capetownion I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but go join Juju and drag Zuma with you back to the classroom and read your history text books. Call me a coconut, call me whatever you like, but MNA, I'm voting DA comes the next election.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:51

      Mbavalelo, shame and it took you so long to come up with this load of drivel.

      pws69 - 2012-06-10 15:55

      @Mbavhalelo, Unbelievable. What's even more unbelievable is the fact that you are a "sinior" (sic - off his facebook page) TEACHER, at a church school. Lord have mercy on us all. See = SEA nimrod. holand = HOLLAND you nimrod dat = THAT you nimrod Ordinarily I would not comment on such shocking grammar and spelling, attributing it to the fact that it is some drunk, fornicating, ANCYL school drop out. You are supposed to be a teacher, even if it is only in some fly by night church! You remind me why I am an SGB member. To make sure scum like you NEVER come close to teaching our children (PS our school is 85% black, so your claims that I am a racist would be laughable).

  • hopewell.gumede - 2012-06-09 21:04

    provincial conference with 40 delegates, cousins aunts, sisters etc.

      Busani - 2012-06-09 21:32

      full house by brother. 3500 delegates + standing outside couldnt get in. change is coming.

      tikoloshe.hogana - 2012-06-09 22:27

      how did they vote if they could not get inside? interesting

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:52

      Hopewell, something similar to the way you lot work then.

  • Sonja - 2012-06-09 21:09

    Viva the DA. unfortunatly racists will not vote for white leader.

      Sechaba30 - 2012-06-09 21:15

      Because racist do not elect Black people.

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-09 21:40

      Then tell me why do they vote for Zuma. Do they vote for his incompetence or because he is not white?

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 12:47

      Vote DA. The anc have stuffed up on all fronts. Can the anc supporters here honestly think that the anc has done a good job on education in South Africa? They destroyed it! They have stuffed education for their own children up! Sacrificed their own children's future for a little cross on a ballot paper! Sacrificed the own children's future for an incompetent like Zuma! On that one point all votes should go to the DA or COPE or just boycott the anc if you do not have the courage to vote DA!

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:56

      Ratsaka white varkies may just surprise you. Come up with a decent, educated, honest black man and see how we will support him. Now you lot on the other hand will never support a white because you all suffer from collective amnesia brought on by racial sunstroke. Since the condition is permanent, you'll go down with the sinking ship and so will the rest of the country. Just another day in Africa.

  • Busani - 2012-06-09 21:30

    the answer to this belovered country lies in the Democratic Alliance. Education of the poor is the biggest stumbling block. Racism and Povery amoung fellow black people will destroy us. We must pray with honerable Tutu for the destruction of the ANC

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 12:49

      Vote DA. The anc have stuffed up on all fronts. Can the anc supporters here honestly think that the anc has done a good job on education in South Africa? They destroyed it! They have stuffed education for their own children up! Sacrificed their own children's future for a little cross on a ballot paper! Sacrificed the own children's future for an incompetent like Zuma! On that one point all votes should go to the DA or COPE or just boycott the anc if you do not have the courage to vote DA!

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:57

      Mbavhalelo, a coconut has substance, your head is empty.

  • Ken - 2012-06-09 21:37

    One of the things the Greeks stuffed up on when they introduced the "concept" of democracy was an IQ test for voters

      sven.gohre - 2012-06-10 11:12

      Ken, in the original Greek concept of Democracy, the only people allowed to vote were land owners and taxpayers. The concept of a Universal Franchise was introduced by England after interacting with the Red-Indian of North America where every member of the tribe had a vote, from children to the eldest member. It did not work very well there, and is a total disaster in Africa where the electorate is uneducated by the very people they vote for.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-09 21:56

    Viva the interracIal DA. The black racist ANC is going down the drain.

      petrofect - 2012-06-09 22:11

      i guess you also think that the white DA(Disguised Apartheid) is going up

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-09 22:18

      Not important. We just have to sit back and watch the ANC destroy its support base. The ANC is destroying itself.

      petrofect - 2012-06-09 22:32

      not a fact, just journalism(hofmeyer)

      Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-06-10 08:29

      Interacial?You wish.Your DA is a racist party obsessed with power.It will be interacial in your dreams.

      Killo - 2012-06-10 09:21

      I can see u are still in the past. We don't talk of racism any more. Oh my word just imagine a black racist. I never saw one.By the way white SAs are associated to blacks. I believe they breast fed from black mothers. When moms were at work and u were crying,do u remember ur house maid? Was she white? Think before u talk. Stop playing racist cards otherwise u a a big racist urself.

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 12:56

      @petrofect ... Yes! You got it right for a change. The DA IS going up! The anc is going DOWN! The DA is the most racially integrated party in this great country, and it will bee even greater after the next elections when the DA takes a lot more seats.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:59

      Strange how someone come up with Disguised Apartheid and now every brainless fool here use it.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 13:00

      Bra the intellectual 'other colour 'people in the Da disagree with you.

  • petrofect - 2012-06-09 22:07

    yet another white

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-09 22:13

      Proudly educated white. Want to exchange IQ's and levels of emotional intelligence? LOL.

      petrofect - 2012-06-09 22:15

      i call it superior obsession and emotionally immature

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-09 22:21

      certainly superior!

      petrofect - 2012-06-09 22:30

      certainly desparate and lost in Africa(ubuntu)

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 13:01

      The DA IS going up! The anc is going DOWN! The DA is the most racially integrated party in this great country, and it will bee even greater after the next elections when the DA takes a lot more seats.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 13:02

      Petrofact, yes I am another white. Struggled for forty years, awarded the Luthuli medal and friend with illustrious black people you aren't worthy to polish the shoes of.

      Tax - 2012-06-10 19:16

      Yup there's millions of us white baas's. Get used to it were here to stay.

  • Cornerkick Forwhites - 2012-06-09 22:28

    yep, go ask De klerk to stand for elections! viva ANC viva!

  • shela.babygoal - 2012-06-09 22:51

    Shame.. Provincial congress of less than 100 delegates? Wait for any ANC provincial congress

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-10 02:03

      They say its okay to talk to yourself, but once you start answering yourself you need think of a booking dear. The crap you are thinking is really taking its toll. Go before its to late or else JUMP!

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-10 07:59

      @shela.babygoal when I saw the clip I just laughed, it looked more like a ward meeting LOL

      Heibrin - 2012-06-10 08:26

      @shela: and thousands of flying chairs and bums.

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 13:02

      The DA IS going up! The anc is going DOWN! The DA is the most racially integrated party in this great country, and it will bee even greater after the next elections when the DA takes a lot more seats.

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-09 22:54

    My advise to DA, if you need a leader in Limpopo Malema is available.

      Dee - 2012-06-09 23:27

      There's merit in that idea .. I wrote to Anglo American and asked that they take Juju in as a management apprentice - as imagine what excellent 'rounding' education it would be for Juju to spend time with e.g. quality thinkers such as Clem Sunter, Dr Ramphele ... get some formal business experience, do an MBA ... or even serve some apprenticeship time with Helen or Lindiwe. (Unfortunately, perhaps he would be too proud?)

      Mbavhalelo - 2012-06-10 00:03

      Tyger what u a saying is nonesense and u knw it

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-10 00:05

      Malema is not a leader he is a clown. He keeps us laughing at his stupidity.

      Tax - 2012-06-10 18:43

      Condoms should never be used twice.

  • Mantsho - 2012-06-09 23:19

    Here is the thing, ANC Leaders majority of them are black, l have never hear white people complain about that, all they complain about is what everybody knows that this leaders(black one) are incompetent, corrupt and full of lies not all but most of them,wich is true.But black people are busy complaining about DA Leaders that its a white party, whites are more than blacks bla bla.., but this people are the best at their jobs, and is the same thing, Blacks are too much in the ANC.Now l think some black people in SA are more racists than anybody, they should look at People's work not their colours and move on please!This country is in chaos!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-10 00:08

      Mantsho, just because the DA is making headway, does not mean that it's progress needs to be feared. The policies of the DA do not, and never will have a mandate regarding apartheid. It is not on the agenda, and never will be. Do not fear that. The leaders of the DA strongly believe that those who ignore history, are doomed to repeat it. The DA in all it's forms, has always condemned apartheid. You can rest assured they will never go down that road again.

      Killo - 2012-06-10 09:30

      Poor u Mantsho. Where did u school. Still believe I Black people being rasists. Racism is in the blood. Blacks know about tribalism not racism. U were tought wrongly. Go ask for change from ur School headmaster. DA s for whites and u are hooked and trap with them. Who is Helen Zielie? A white croock who is crooking blacks to join DA. Come back home sesie. ANC is the only home.

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 13:05

      @ Mantsho ... The DA IS going up! The anc is going DOWN! The DA is the most racially integrated party in this great country, and it will bee even greater after the next elections when the DA takes a lot more seats.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-10 06:45

    The headline should read \New DA shadow Premier for Limpopo elected\ because if there is 1 thing DA is good at is shadowing!

  • Pt - 2012-06-10 09:09

    "Democratic Alliance leader Hellen Zille warned delegates not to vote for their leadership on the basis of race." We need more of this. We would be a great country if leaders where chosen for their abilities,

  • Killo - 2012-06-10 09:11

    DA of all the peoplem u still want to impose white supremercym just imagine a white premier in Limpopo? Black people who follow DA are usedm Remember what Malema said about being used? I will never be subject of whitesm by the way where is Shirimanem the only home is in the ANC. Viva the spear of the Nationm

      Ross - 2012-06-10 12:14

      Sure bud - and dont say "Viva the spear of the Nationm" That is a disgrace to the leader of SA. Im sure everyone just had huge marches and all of that over this? And know u using it as a slogan for him...? I dont want to live on this planet any more.

      Dee - 2012-06-10 16:34

      Killo - I remember Malema talking about being used as a condom. And he was not referring to being used as such by an opposition party. And here's the thing - I would like to see change of governance in e.g. Limpopo province - not because of pigment in my skin, but because my brain and my heart can see that currently a few get fat, send their children away to school, can afford private hospitals and security services, take all the tenders, waste money that does not get down to the intended recipients - whilst the police have no cars, and the populace suffers. For Limpopo people - I wouldn't care if Green Coloured Martians took over - as long as they could govern with honesty, integrity, efficiency - and sustainable economic lines. You probably have every good reason to mistrust and dislike 'whites' - but don't let that stop your brain from working and defending 'Useless Spears' that neither feed nor help you.

  • Pt - 2012-06-10 09:12

    SA is a democracy. In a democracy political parties are kept on their toes and are more likely to be honest etc, If they know that they can be voted out. Vote for Zille (it is only for 5 years) - you might be pleasantly surprised. If you are not happy with DA after 5 years - GUESS WAT - then dont vote for them again. It is called democracy. Forget about the apartheid boogieman. Apartheid is dead and can never come back.

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-06-10 09:39

    Most of the smart black people i know votes da, its only the uneducated blacks still voting for the anc. Just shows how much uneducated dumb blacks there are

      Killo - 2012-06-10 09:45

      U are insulting blAcks. By the way u are from there. DA is for whites and u are one neh? Don't forget the Vaal masacre. Forget about it DA is for bitter black people the happy one will always be ANC. Viva ANC viva. Give me ur street adress, I will come recruit u

      Glyn - 2012-06-10 13:08

      The DA IS going up! The anc is going DOWN! The DA is the most racially integrated party in this great country, and it will bee even greater after the next elections when the DA takes a lot more seats.

      Dee - 2012-06-10 13:09

      Sarel .... do you have any concept of how very unintelligent your comment is? Both intellectually unintelligent, and emotionally unintelligent. Perhaps this might help you understand my low opinion of your post : "All intelligent whites vote ANC. The rest of the uneducated whites still voting AWB.... Just shows how much uneducated dumb whites are". What an insult!!! That whites can probably easily shrug off - but black people must be pretty darned sick of being called dukb and worse!!!! Now please write an apology letter (on behalf of yourself and the other moronic racists posting here) to Zille for the damage you do with every keystroke by undoing the DA's sincere intent to represent all, stand above petty racism ....... whilst you reinforce every stereotype of white arrogance, unfounded superiority complexes & ill-gotten claims to 'their right to prosper'.

      raymond.dick.12 - 2012-06-10 13:42

      That was ugly. You should be ashamed of yourself. Please don't associate yourself with the DA!!

      Mbavhalelo - 2012-06-10 14:18

      So it means de DA is 4 de educated bloody fools

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-06-10 17:47

      Thats the problem these days. As soon as u start spewing the truth about someone your rascist. If u still vote anc after 18 years of non delivery i will call u stupid because u cant be that blind!!!

  • pws69 - 2012-06-10 11:00

    Is it just me or have the ANCYL fielded a full team of their retards to comment here? I cringe with embarrassment reading some of these anti DA comments. None of them have any substance, and most sound worst than something a ten year old would write.

      John - 2012-06-10 12:04

      I know, it is quite frustrating and scary to think that those are part of the voting public. Non of them can substantiate any reason to vote for the ANC other than 'it's black' and that they fought the apartheid system. I am a strong believer in actions speak louder than words. I see and read about DA doing work at grassroots and earning votes through actual delivery. Ancyl et al cannot substantiate any of their policies with delivery, so the just 'speak louder'. Sadly, you can see in the commentary how actions don't matter to troglodytes. They even support Mugabe because he helped ANC- whatever else he does doesn't bother them. I just shake my head in disbelief. I have quite a few black friends whom are both intelligent and hardworking. They take offence to handouts, and know the value of work. They also see the lack of service delivery. It give me hope that the new genration of black people that don't feel indebted to the past, will start voting more with their reasoning than emotions stemming from the past.

      Dee - 2012-06-10 13:14

      Actually, the ANCYL don't need to deploy anyone as long as the 'white' posters sit here daily spewing their own brand of retarded comment. They do a fine job on behalf of ANCYL to ensure ANC gets votes.

      raymond.dick.12 - 2012-06-10 13:48

      I agree Dee. The arrogance and low levels of intellegence of some of the 'white posters' is on the same tier that they claim their 'black' counterparts are.

      pws69 - 2012-06-10 14:02

      @Dee, sadly you are right. Those comments make me cringe in embarrassment even more.

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-10 12:46

    They had an elecetion? Civilized things are always done by cilvilized people. Democracy at work

  • Glyn - 2012-06-10 12:48

    Vote DA. The anc have stuffed up on all fronts. Can the anc supporters here honestly think that the anc has done a good job on education in South Africa? They destroyed it! They have stuffed education for their own children up! Sacrificed their own children's future for a little cross on a ballot paper! Sacrificed the own children's future for an incompetent like Zuma! On that one point all votes should go to the DA or COPE or just boycott the anc if you do not have the courage to vote DA!

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-06-10 14:24

    I really laugh myself to the ground everytime I read all of the comments of delusional white racist still nostalgic of the apartheid era -using this platform to vent out your fear and anger at anything regarding the ruling party- pro-racists like yourselves really are a threat to our democracy,DA your haven for capitalist, racist hw can it govern a country when its dominated by policies which are non-favourable to the poor to share the wealth of the nation ,they all simply favour the capitalist that your party is dominated by ,neo-slavery is what it preaches out-

      Tax - 2012-06-10 18:36

      Well at least you can stll laugh what with the AIDS epidemic and all.

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-06-10 17:37

    Demonic Aliens at work

  • franco.loots - 2012-06-10 19:55

    Only two candidates were eliminated in die election for provincial leader, Desireé van der Walt (previous leader of Limpopo) and Meisie Kennedy.

  • markus.andersson.129 - 2012-06-13 13:20

    I see the beret brigade is at it again. The sad part is, nothing will please them. Now they complain that DA elected a white leader. If the DA had elected a black leader, say Messie Kennedy, the same people would be shouting about \window-dressing\ of a \puppet\. I know because that is what the fools did when DA elected Sizwe Mchunu in KZN.\r\n\r\nYou cannot please someone who is only out to find fault, and will moan loudly no matter what.

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