The DA’s new Meyer

2012-10-13 19:38

Western Cape sports and cultural affairs MEC was yesterday unanimously elected as the DA’s provincial leader. Carien du Plessis asked him what his plans are
You were nominated unanimously so there was no voting contest. Is this good?
One of the indicators of good governance, and in a sense the DA has always favoured this, is predictability.

This because we have leaders who have established themselves. In the DA, leaders are nominated before congress.

No nominations are done from the floor.

How were you nominated?
I was asked to stand in 2010 but I refused because I saw there was an opportunity for me to grow. I entered (full-time politics as MEC) in 2009 and I don’t believe in the culture of jetting leaders in.

Theuns Botha is stepping down as provincial leader and becoming your deputy. Won’t he end up controlling you behind the scenes?
As new leader I will give him specific tasks related to his strong points. I’m going to use him to help with a political realignment while the day-to-day running of the province will be my responsibility.

Unlike the ANC, we don’t have a big chief, induna culture. In the DA we don’t choose a leader, we choose
a leadership. It is a collective responsibility.

What will be your aims for Western Cape as new leader?
I want to grow the voter base from the current 51% to 60%, give more responsibility to constituency heads and stand fast behind the Constitution.

South Africa is a complex and plural society, and many people feel excluded. I will be driving the concept of cultural warmth through a project of reconciliation.

Is that not the same as the ANC’s ‘home for all’ campaign?
No. A campaign is judged on the results and the results of this campaign was a bitter fight within the home of the ANC with the eventual recall of premier Ebrahim Rasool.

Will you be premier one day?
I have no such ambitions. I have strong feelings that we need (Western Cape Premier) Helen Zille in the second term to increase our governance record and use it as a springboard to 2019 (general election), when the DA will be going to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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