Zille: I’m ‘going nowhere’ after 2014

2013-10-18 09:08

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DA leader Helen Zille has refuted reports she would be stepping down as party leader after the 2014 elections, but she admitted party leaders were jostling for her position.

“To make it clear, I am going nowhere after 2014,” she said in response to a question from the audience during her speech at a SA Institute for Race Relations function in Johannesburg last night.

This follows a report in Sunday Independent that she intended to step down after next year’s elections and that the party was in the midst of a succession battle that was threatening its elections plans.

Zille said talk about her succession had started already when she was first elected as party leader in 2007.

She said DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane or anybody else in the party were possible successors.

She also said it was natural for people in any structure where power is involved, like a family or a political party, to jostle for power.

The DA liked contestation because it didn’t believe in coronation, she said.

Zille said because the party’s structures were strong and democratic, and processes were adjusted to keep up with the times, contestation was unlikely to tear the party apart.

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