Zille 'deeply aware' of responsibilities

2012-11-25 16:25
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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."

- SAPA
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