Helen Zille will be DA’s face of elections despite Ramphele blunder

2014-02-16 18:55

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Party leader Helen Zille will be the DA’s face on the ballot paper in the May 7 elections and she will also be its presidential candidate – but quietly so.

Zille apologised to the party’s top leaders at a meeting of its federal executive committee in Cape Town this weekend.

Some leaders in the party swore to take her to task about her disastrous decision to ask Mamphela Ramphele to be the DA’s presidential candidate, but they were “deflated” when Zille offered an apology for the debacle, a leader who was in the meeting told City Press.

Zille was also nominated by five leaders in the party to be its presidential candidate and it was agreed that her face would be on the ballot paper.

There would be less emphasis, though, on the importance of having a presidential candidate – something which is a moot point for the DA since it is unlikely to gain a majority in this year’s general elections.

“Helen is apologetic and has recovered. Mamphela is finished,” another leader said, adding that her rating among the public had dropped to zero according to the DA’s tracking polls.

Zille is also Western Cape premier, and she is likely to want to serve another term.

Ramphele’s candidacy for president under the DA was announced with much fanfare as a “matter of national importance” last month, and the agreement was sealed with a kiss between herself and Zille.

Her was also to be next to the DA’s name on the ballot paper, but things went pear-shaped a few days later when Ramphele refused to leave Agang. It also became apparent that the two women had made the deal without consulting their respective parties.

Party spokesperson Mmusi Maimane could not immediately be reached for comment.

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