De Lille eyes top DA spot in Western Cape

2015-04-13 18:57
Patricia de Lille (Die Burger)

Patricia de Lille (Die Burger)

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Johannesburg - Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille is focusing her energy on a campaign to become the DA's Western Cape leader and not on the party's top job, she said on Monday.

"More than a month ago, I put my name in the hat to run for provincial leader and that's the only position I'm focusing on," she told News24.

"I'm putting everything into this."

De Lille said she had travelled more than 4 000km around the Western Cape to speak to people personally.

The Western Cape conference will be held this month.

De Lille and former provincial police commissioner and current legislature member Lennit Max are standing for the position of Western Cape leader. Current leader Ivan Meyer first said he would stand for re-election, but then pulled out.

"I think that there are lots of capable people... [but] right now I'm focusing on what I have set myself to achieve."

Asked who she thought would be the best person to lead the DA, De Lille said there were a number of people, mentioning parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, who seems to be one of the favourites to take the job.

However, Maimane has not yet said whether he is considering the position, saying he would have to consult with his family and the party.

"If you look at our parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane he is certainly very capable... I have great admiration for Mmusi," De Lille said.

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