Kriel spurned by W Cape DP

Cape Town - Former Western Cape Premier and recent Democratic Party convert Hernus Kriel was resoundingly rejected by the DP's Western Cape electoral college at the weekend as a candidate for the Western Cape metropole.

Party insiders told Sapa on Tuesday that Kriel, despite being nominated by federal council chairman James Selfe and seconded by DP and Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon, did not make the top 30 of the proportional representation list for the November local government elections.

They said he was given a particularly "hard time" by DP MP Dene Smuts when he appeared before the electoral college.

Smuts is seen as a representative of the DP's old liberal faction, which dominates the electoral college.

One source said Kriel had obtained only two out of 150 votes at the electoral college.

Kriel, a former National Party Law and Order minister, could however yet make it on to the metropolitan council, as the party leadership has discretionary powers to place him on the list. It has powers to appoint numbers four, eight, 12 and 16.

Chairman of the electoral college, John Oxley, said he could not comment as the body's deliberations were confidential.

Kriel joined the DP with much fanfare just before it merged with the New National Party to form the DA in July. - Sapa

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