DA’s new leadership decision to be crucial

2012-11-23 00:00

THE DA’s national federal congress being held in Boksburg this weekend could prove to be a watershed event.

This is what the DA’s provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu believes. He said that immediately after the last national election, the party did a comprehensive analysis of where it was going and how it wants to grow into the leading political party in the country. This congress has to look carefully at choosing the right leaderhip to take the party to the next phase.

Mchunu would not say, so close to the election, who he was backing for the position of federal chairperson. However, it is an open secret and reported in the media in the past that he has thrown his weight behind Wilmot James being re-elected.

Last night Mchunu, who is already in Gauteng, was excited about the number of KZN DA members who were standing for election.

MP Dianne Kohler Barnard, the South Durban constituency leader, is standing for re-election as one of three deputy federal chairpersons. Sandy Kalyan, constituency leader for the North Coast, is also contesting for the position of deputy chairperson.

John Steenhuisen, former leader of the DA in KZN, is standing for election as the deputy chairperson of the Federal Council.

The council is the highest decision-making body of the party outside to the national congress.

Alf Lees, constitutency leader for the Ladysmith/Uthukela area and chairperson of finance in the party’s provincial structure, is a candidate for the position of the federal chairperson of finance.

Mchunu said that most exciting was that the congress convenor and presiding officer for the weekend was Greg Krumbock ,who is also from KZN. He is an MP and constituency leader of the Mooi/Umgeni area. He added that Krombock was an excellent organiser with a proven track record and that the party was in for a well-organised and well-run congress.

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