DA scenarios: Ramphele takes over from Zille

2012-02-25 19:51

It will be a huge boost for the DA to have someone with the stature of Mamphela Ramphele on board.

Her stature and political credibility will be a huge boost to the DA and help the party to attract more votes in the 2014 elections, possibly helping it to take over in 2019.

But the move could be difficult to sell to the party’s caucus and activists on the ground, some of whom might feel it’s unfair that leaders get “parachuted” into top positions.

Some DA representatives have expressed reservations about Ramphele’s ability to lead a political party like the DA.

Ramphele says no to the DA
Indications are that Ramphele is not convinced that serving in the DA is the way to go.

She could decide to pull back from formal involvement in the party, but remain a friend and informal adviser to its leaders.

This would force the DA to consider its other options, including keeping Zille on as leader until 2019 or finding
an alternative.

Parliamentary leader Mazibuko is considered a strong candidate, but many say the 31-year-old is too young and inexperienced to step up to the post before 2019.

Strategists in the party would prefer a black leader to take over from Zille to boost its political credibility and attract more black votes.

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