Patricia de Lille rules out nomination

2015-04-17 08:00

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Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille will not stand for the position of federal leader of the Democratic Alliance.

In a letter sent yesterday to delegates of this weekend’s Western Cape congress, De Lille ruled out her nomination for the national position when Helen Zille steps down in May.

The Cape Town city mayor is standing as Western Cape leader against former Western Cape police commissioner and community safety MEC Lennit Max.

“Despite media speculation, I will not be standing for the position of federal leader ... I am completely focused on becoming the kind of provincial leader the DA needs for success in the 2016 local government elections and beyond,” she said in her letter to delegates.

De Lille said she had campaigned on the issues that matter most: “What can we do to grow our support base in the province, what can we do to meet the needs of our existing supporters and how can we improve the lives of everyone who lives in the Western Cape.

I have not made anyone a promise of a position. I think we should be fair and open in our party structures and that everyone should get a fair chance to succeed.

“What I can promise is that I am a proven vote-winner who stands the best chance of increasing our share of the vote in the coming elections. That means more DA councillors, more DA-governed municipalities, and a bigger, better DA across the province. I want to work with all DA members to make the blue machine unstoppable.”

Comment from De Lille was not immediately available.

Intense lobbying and behind-the-scenes activity has been taking place in the build-up to the national congress in Port Elizabeth in May. The deadline for nominations is April 24.

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