DA members must choose

2014-01-27 00:00

DEMOCRATIC Alliance members from KwaZulu-Natal who appear on both the Parliament and KZN legislature candidate lists will soon have to make up their minds about where they want to represent their party, provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu said yesterday.

“There are people who appear on both lists. What it means is that they will have to exercise their right to choose which of the lists they should be on before the end of the week,” Mchunu said yesterday.

The DA released its candidate lists on Saturday, after a selection process conducted over the past six months.

Mchunu has already decided to serve in the KZN legislature. “I have made my decision and I want to remain in KZN,” the DA’s premier candidate said.

The KZN legislature candidate list contains 26 names, while the parliamentary list has 22 names.

Current parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko tops the parliamentary list, which also contains the names of KZN figures such as provincial chairperson Haniff Hoosen, Mchunu, Dianne Kohler-Barnard, former provincial leader John Steenhuisen, and DA Youth leader Mbali Ntuli.

In KZN, 11 party members have been nominated for both Parliament and provincial legislature.

They are Ntuli, Steenhuisen, Robert Alfred Lees, Imran Keeka, Francois Rodgers, Rishigen Viranna, Hlanganani Gumbi, Edwin Baptie, Thomas Zwelakhe Hadebe, Dean Macpherson, Terence Collins and Mergan Chetty.

Almost all the current DA representatives in the KZN legislature face the prospect of not returning to the legislative body.

Apart from Mchunu, current MPLs Mark Steele, George Mari, Johan Krog, Makhosazana Mdlalose and Tom Stokes are not in “safe” positions.

This comes amid calls from within the party for a change of guard in the KZN legislature.

Only Mari and Steele, who are in positions eight and 12 respectively, stand some chance of returning, but this depends on candidates ahead of them choosing Parliament.

Stokes is at number 23, third from last, while Mdlalose is at 17. The name of MPL Radley Keys is not on the lists, a move apparently confirming his reported retirement.

“There will be people who will not be in safe positions. Obviously, not everyone will be elected,” said Mchunu.

He, however, would not set out the number of seats in the KZN legislature targeted by his party for the upcoming general elections.

“I am confident and convinced that we are to grow,” he said.

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