Lindiwe Mazibuko rules herself out of race to lead DA

2015-04-13 13:51

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Former Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has quashed rumours that she would return to South Africa to stand for the top position in the opposition party.

“I wish to clarify that I will not be making myself available for election to any leadership post at the DA’s 2015 congress,” she said today.

“Rather, I will be watching and supporting my friends, colleagues and fellow democrats from across the Atlantic.”

This followed an announcement by DA leader Helen Zille yesterday that she would not stand for re-election at the party’s federal congress in Port Elizabeth next month.

Mazibuko quit her DA job last year following the general elections. She left to study at Harvard University in the United States.

At the time, Mazibuko made the announcement to the Sunday Times before she informed party leader Helen Zille.

The two had reportedly fallen out in November 2013 over the way in which the DA parliamentary caucus handled legislation on employment equity.

Mazibuko today said she remained committed to South Africa and the DA and would make herself available for a position at a later stage.

“I believe that I have much to contribute to the project of building a better country for all our people ... When the time is right, I will make myself available for whichever position I believe will enable me to best make a contribution towards building a better South Africa.

“That time, however, is not now.”

She wished the candidate or candidates who would stand well in the upcoming leadership campaign and election.

The DA has extended the deadline for nominations by four days following Zille’s announcement.

Read: DA extends nomination deadline for top leadership positions

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