Zille 'deeply aware' of responsibilities

2012-11-25 16:25
DA (Picture: Sapa)

DA (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said on Sunday she was "deeply aware" of the responsibilities that came with being re-elected as the DA's leader.

"I interpret this as the congress’ support for our goal of building a new majority at the non-racial centre of South African politics," she said in her closing address of the Democratic Alliance's federal congress in Boksburg on Sunday.

"We will work tirelessly together to become a party of government across our country. We know realignment will not be easy."

She said the DA had learnt lessons and she stressed that its core values were non-negotiable.

"We are a party of strong institutions."

She congratulated those elected to positions in the DA and thanked those who lost for their participation.

"Our party has never been stronger or more united," said Zille.

Zille said former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela, who had joined the DA two weeks ago, had fitted in well.

"She attends this congress...for the first time as a paid up member of the DA.

"Can you imagine a former ANC premier being prepared to work at grassroots building branches for the DA in remote rural areas? Thank you!"

Zille said because of the infighting in the ANC, the ruling party "can not get it together".

She said the ANC could not agree on a candidate to support and this kind of division was in every part of their movement.

"I don't know about you, but I am leaving here today (Sunday) feeling even more inspired and energised about the DA and about what we can achieve..." she said.

"We now need to go back to our branches, to our towns and cities, with a laser-like focus on election campaign 2014."

Read more on:    da  |  helen zille  |  johannesburg  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.