Zille uncontested

By Drum Digital
17 October 2012

Helen Zille's leadership of the DA would not be challenged at the party's national elective conference next month, spokesman Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.

He said she would stand uncontested as party leader at the congress in Boksburg on the East Rand.

"I don't think there is anything sinister about that," Maimane told reporters in Johannesburg.

"The question about whether the leader is contested or not is actually a very healthy democratic process, in the sense that any member of the DA who is in good financial standing could equally contest for the position.

Maimane said no one had put themselves forward for the position.

The Democratic Alliance will hold the congress on November 24 and 25.

At the event, the party will elect a leader, federal chairperson, three deputy federal chairpersons, federal council chair and deputy chair, chairperson of the federal legal commission, and the federal finance committee.

The party's nominations for these positions had closed, said Maimane.

Those nominated for federal chairperson were Wilmot James, the incumbent, and Masizole Mnqasela.

Nine people were nominated for the positions of three deputy federal chairpersons.

These were Anchen Dreyer, Makashule Gana, Sandy Kalyan, Dianne Kholer-Barnard, Annelie Lotriet, Bonginkosi Madikizela, Maimane, Joe McGluwa and Stevens Mokgalapa.

Maimane said the position of leader, federal chairperson and the three deputy federal chairpersons would be elected by the congress.

The position of chairperson of the federal council, deputy chairperson and chairpersons of the federal legal commission and federal finance committee would be elected by the 150 member federal council.

James Selfe, the current federal council chairman, was standing unopposed for his position.

Deputy federal council chairperson nominations were John Steenhuisen and Thomas Walters.

Hendrik Schmidt was the only person nominated for chairperson of the federal legal commission and two people, Dion George and Alf Lees, were nominated for chairperson of the federal finance committee.

"Each of the elections will be conducted by secret ballot, and voting for the positions of deputy federal chairperson will be done using the single transferable voting system," Maimane said.

"Any member of the party is allowed to nominate any other member, and nominations are in a member's individual capacity and not on behalf of any branch or structure of the party."

He said democracy within the DA was very healthy.

The DA's federal congress convenor and presiding officer, Greg Krumbock, said 1650 delegates would attend the national congress.

There would be a minimum of 760 public representatives, which comprised MPs, MPLs and councillors and a further 851 ordinary DA members at conference.

Krumbock went through the voting process which would take place on the second day of the conference and would be announced later that day.

-by Sapa

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