KZN woman wins DA youth vote with 90%

2013-05-06 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Mbali Ntuli (25) has been elected the new leader of the youth structure of the Democratic Alliance.

The deputy leader is Yusuf Cassim (23), chair of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University SRC in Port Elizabeth. The other two members of the management committee are Tertius Simmers (30) of the southern Cape and Thorne Godinho (21) of Pretoria.

Ntuli, a member of the eThekwini Metro Council, won more than 90% of votes cast at the national congress in Johannesburg.

Ntuli matriculated at The Wykeham Collegiate in Pietermaritzburg, where she was head girl. She obtained a bachelor of social sciences degree at Rhodes University, where she became involved in DA politics.

She is known to be a strong supporter of the party’s parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko, and as a liberal proponent of non-racialism.

She said yesterday she had set three goals for herself as youth chair.

First, she wants the DA Youth to become a unifying factor in society by working with other groups that shared the DA’s values, beliefs and outlook.

Second, she wants to grow the membership to 100 000 by next year’s election so it can engage actively with the ANC Youth League.

“In spite of their weak ideas, people take note of the ANC Youth league because they have so many members.

“In our case, the members will also be trained in the DA’s history and culture to overcome the problem of growing too fast,” she said.

Ntuli’s third goal is to foster a culture of excellence in the DA Youth, with the focus on non-racialism.

She wants to do all this while the DA is wrestling with ways to maintain a policy of genuine non-racialism, while increasing support among blacks.

“It is a challenge for other parts of the DA, but not for the youth. We are non-racialist. As a consequence of the time in which we grew up, we have had no choice.”

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