DA's Gana confident of win

2015-05-09 07:51
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Port Elizabeth - Outgoing deputy chair Makashule Gana's supporters were among the first to arrive to start campaigning as delegates began registering for the 2015 DA Federal Congress in Port Elizabeth on Saturday morning.

Saturday marked the first day of the party’s congress as Gana competed with Eastern Cape DA Leader Athol Trollip for the position of federal chairperson.

Delegates are expected to elect a new DA head in a competition between Wilmot James, Mmusi Maimane and two other members, Adrian Naidoo and Morgan Oliphant on Sunday.

"I am confident that delegates are going to put their trust in me because we have worked as hard as we can.

"It's not only about the election results but also the Constitutional amendments which we have proposed. I'd be happy if I am elected chairperson," said the shy village boy, as he refers to himself.

"I think I will be able to trump Trollip in his own back yard [Eastern Cape] because my support is across the country. The numbers of votes will be close. This is a proper contest and I respect Athol, he's been a worthy candidate and the position is highly contested."

When asked who he would be voting for on Sunday he said, "I don't do slates, it's up to them who they vote for. I know who I am going to be voting for but I'm not going to make that public," he said confidently.

He said he allowed his team to choose whoever they wanted for leader or deputy chairperson.

‘Very motivated’

"All I want is for them to vote for me for the federal chairperson," he said, adding that this was the best congress the party had ever convened.

"Delegates are very motivated," he said.

One of Athol Trollip's supporter shouted, "Gana is going to get a lesson this weekend, a political lesson. We are going to give him a hiding," as he walked past.

But Gana shrugged this off and continued to sing with his supporters.

Gana's posters were put up all around The Boardwalk Complex.

Some read: "Siyaya eUnion Buildings." (We are going to the Union Buildings) while others read "First Choice for Federal Chair".

In one poster Gana said he offers his supporters activist leadership development, he promised to involve branches in policy development processes and to improve interaction with Civil Society.

One of Gana's supporters KwaZulu-Natal DA MPL Hlanganani Gumbi said, "I want him to win because he is a visionary, principled leader who has incredible foresight for his age. I have confidence that he is the kind of person who is important to be next to the leader," said Gumbi.

Another Solly Msimanga, the Gauteng provincial chair said, "We want someone who is not just ambitious for a position in the party but someone who can meaningfully make use of the position to empower our activists and somebody who is passionate about the upliftment of our activists across the country."

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