New DA caucus ‘will hold ANC accountable’

2013-03-12 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance yesterday named councillor Zwakele Mncwango as its new caucus leader in the eThekwini Municipality.

The announcement was made after a leadership election was held following the sacking of former council party leader Tex Collins and executive committee (Exco) member Ronnie Veeran, when a vote of no confidence was passed against them last week.

Releasing the results, provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu only read names of the winning candidates, with Mncwango taking the top job over councillor Warwick Chapman.

Heinz de Boer grabbed Veeran’s Exco position after contesting against Jayraj Singh, Warren Burne and Tim Brauteseth.

Other councillors named as part of the DA caucus leadership were: Martin Meyer as deputy caucus leader, Riona Gokool as caucus chairperson, Rocky Naidoo as deputy caucus chairperson and Geoff Pullan as deputy chief whip.

However, the party’s new chief whip still has to be appointed by Mncwango in consultation with the DA provincial leadership.

Speaking after the election results, Mncwango said the new council leadership wanted to make sure the DA’s voice reached the electorate and new constituencies.

Mncwango also said he and De

Boer would hold the ANC-led eThekwini Metro accountable as new Exco members.

“We are not going to just sit there, but make sure the ANC delivers services. We are committed to creating a platform to make the DA a government in waiting,” Mncwango added.

He also said he still has to apply his mind before appointing a new chief whip.

“We have a talented and a diverse team in this caucus.”

Mchunu said the appointment of a chief whip required Mncwango to apply his mind because it was a strategic position.

Whoever is appointed will serve as a support to the caucus leader and ensure discipline within the party’s ranks in the council.

“He [Mncwango] will have to consider all members in his caucus,” Mchunu said.

Although declining to give the number of votes candidates obtained, Mchunu said the newly-elected members had the backing of other DA councillors who had pledged their support after the elections.

“What has emerged here is a strong and united DA to challenge and hold the ANC accountable. We are convinced the DA is in the right hands.”

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