Helen Zille: A brief timeline

2015-04-12 14:02
DA leader Helen Zille. (Bongiwe Gumede, Foto24)

DA leader Helen Zille. (Bongiwe Gumede, Foto24) ((Bongiwe Gumede, Foto24))

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Johannesburg - Helen Zille announced on Sunday that she is stepping down after eight years as the Democratic Alliance's leader.

Zille, a former journalist, joined the Democratic Party in the mid-1990s.

She was tasked with formulating the party's education policy and stood as a candidate on its election list for the Western Cape legislature.

In 1999, she was elected to the provincial legislature and appointed education MEC.

Zille served as an MEC until 2001, under the newly-formed Democratic Alliance.

She was leader of the opposition in the Western Cape legislature until she was elected to the National Assembly in 2004, where she served as an MP and the party's national spokesperson.

In 2006, Zille was elected Cape Town mayor. She was elected DA leader in 2007.

She served as mayor until the 2009 general election, when the DA won control of the Western Cape and she was appointed premier.

Zille was re-elected unopposed as party leader in November 2012.

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