DA faces parliamentary leadership battle

2011-09-27 15:04

Cape Town - DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip says he will seek re-election to the post, after national spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko declared she would stand for the position.

"I am very pleased to formally announce that I have decided to stand as a candidate for the position of parliamentary leader in the mid-term caucus leadership elections," Mazibuko told reporters in Cape Town.

Mazibuko's move follows recent news reports that she has been lobbying members of the DA's 77-member caucus for their support. Elections for the post are set for October 27.


Responding to questions after her announcement on Tuesday, Mazibuko, who turned 31 in April, said she believed her age was an asset. Two-thirds of South Africans were under 35, and this would be significant factor in the 2014 elections.

"I intend to use my youth as a strength," she said.

Mazibuko said she told DA MP and Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip on Sunday that she intended putting herself forward as a candidate for leadership of the parliamentary caucus. His reaction had been "very cordial".

Trollip, 47, is to seek re-election to the post.

He told a radio station on Tuesday: "I am making myself available to continue being the caucus leader and I'm very pleased that Lindiwe [Mazibuko] is going to contest the position."

Experience, expertise, vision

Mazibuko was flanked at Tuesday's media conference by DA federal chairperson Wilmot James and DA leader in the National Council of Provinces Watty Watson.

She said James would make himself available for election as chairperson of the party's parliamentary caucus, and Watson for the position of DA chief whip.

"As a team, the three of us represent what is best about the Democratic Alliance: a combination of experience, expertise, and a vibrant new vision for the future."

Time, however, was not on their side.

"The challenges facing South Africa are immense. Millions... are unemployed, crime has left South African feeling unsafe... and families go hungry and without shelter," Mazibuko said.

"We want to place these issues at the front and centre of Parliament's political agenda."

  • Bardy - 2011-09-27 15:08

    Maybe Lindiwe Mazibuko can talk some sense into the black community. The ANC is not the way to go people. Please open your eyes! I wish you all the best of luck Lindiwe!

      CHIPPER_CHAP - 2011-09-27 15:18

      Yes it would be much better if she is elected. Trollip must put aside his personal ambitions and stand down for the sake of the party and country.

      pragmatism - 2011-09-27 15:22

      she can't even speak vernacular, how can she 'talk sense' ... nonsense! she is a white person in black woman's body ...

      sganja - 2011-09-27 15:24

      Oh yeah Bardy? Since when the Anc is not the way to go? So you are supporting Mazibuko because you want black community?

      Andre Barendse - 2011-09-27 15:33

      I am impressed with this woman. Where others sling mud she asserts actual solutions, holds intellectual debate and, maintains a constructive vision and has pristine democratic principles. She's a true leader.

      Bardy - 2011-09-27 15:37

      @ Sganja. Since the ANC has nothing better to do than steal our hard earned tax money and corrupt everything in their so called government. That is when. We need woman like Lindiwe to speak to the uneducated masses who are being promised the world by the ANC just to get their vote. ANC is rubbish. Finish en klaar. They are only looking out for their own well being. Wake up my man!

      Bardy - 2011-09-27 15:41

      Another @ Sganja - And I am supporting Lindiwe because most black people will not listen to the likes of Zille because she is white that is why. Maybe if we (the DA) have a black person with us in a leadership role, the black community will start to listen to our cause!

      ME - 2011-09-27 15:43

      Not quite sure what you mean but it sounds demeaning to me as a black person, no matter how I look at it. I don't need anyone to talk sense into me. This is what continues to make it difficult for enough black people to consider parties like the DA seriously.

      Bardy - 2011-09-27 15:56

      @ ME. I am not referring to all black people dear sir. I am referring to the ones who have not been educated as to what the ANC is up to. If you still choose to support the ANC in the next elections, it's your choice, but at least we will have a black woman on the DA side to try and educate those who are being taken for a fool by the circus party called the ANC. I am not trying to talk down on any black person at all. I am actually for a peaceful nation with blacks and whites living together without all this hatred the ANC (or Malema) is spreading towards the white man.

      THE-SRG - 2011-09-27 16:00

      Notice how these ANC followers cant stand to see how many white folks are backing a black shows them who are the true racists and they dont like that...thus sganga saying she is a white woman in a blacks body...who is the true racist's here?

      Bardy - 2011-09-27 16:09

      True @ THE-SRG. The African Nation Corruption party's followers will come around soon enough. Give them time to take in the shock they are experiencing!

      Dundermoose - 2011-09-27 20:29

      @mylord You sexist bigot!! Mandela, Thambo and all their predecessors fought for a free and fair South Africa FOR ALL!!! Your people were once oppressed - you are now free. Given that heritage I would have hoped that you would not turn around and use such slurs to belittle and repress woman. We are all equal now - or do you still think some are more equal than others? Do not attempt to impose Apartheid of sorts against woman!!! You disgust me!

      mylord - 2011-09-28 10:20

      GO lindiwe go to kitchen go go

  • elganf - 2011-09-27 15:16

    lindi if i was in dat caucus u would have got my vote! Gudluk

      Colin Dovey - 2011-09-27 16:03

      Good SMS Language!

  • daaivark - 2011-09-27 15:22

    Very smart Trollip, you twit. That's right, go and cause division in your party. Very clever.

      sganja - 2011-09-27 15:29

      Which Division Mr Daaivark?

      JMsays - 2011-09-27 15:32

      Why should this cause division? This can't be the first time two people in the DA want the same job. May the best person win, remember, this isn't the ANC, it doesn't have to cause chaos...

      resiststance - 2011-09-27 15:48

      If he were to just step down then everyone would cry that he only did so because she is black and she only go t the position because she is black etc. What he is doing is not causing division but rather lending credibility to her, if she does get the position then there will be no doubt that she deserves it.

      THE-SRG - 2011-09-27 15:56

      what the hell is wrong with you DV...this is the way a healthy party is run....we need them to contest and debate as to who is best for the job....not like the ANC where people are just delegated to the job without anyone's votes or healthy debate...just a ZUMA who decides to who the job should go....anyways i will be backing the young lady and that doest mean i dont think Trollip is also great for the job

      THE-SRG - 2011-09-27 15:57


  • JMsays - 2011-09-27 15:23

    @ANC supporters: Please have a look at how a real democratic party (DA) works, you put your name in for a position. You show people why you are better than then next person and then there is a vote. You don't kill your opposition to get a open spot. The civilized way. You do not start name calling and get courts and the police involved. Once again, say it with me class, civilized. May the best person win!

      sganja - 2011-09-27 15:32

      Definitely I don’t like this refreshing thing before you can comment again

      George - 2011-09-27 15:42

      The reason DA's elections are a no show or worry is because DA is far from assuming power. DA election results are purely academic as the winner never governs the country. What will Lindiwe the tea lady change.

      Colin Dovey - 2011-09-27 16:11

      @George your turn of phrase "Tea Lady" is like a worn out record - Malema goes out of his way to offend people. I have personally seen Lindiwe take on Blade Nzimande in Parliament, and SHE won hands down! She is, without doubt, a VERY strong contender for the party delegates to democratically vote in who THEY consider to be the best option to take the DA forward in Parliament. Malema would not be able to win a debate against her - he would just bluster and fire insults. We NEED people like her, and MANY other talented black people already in the DA. GO Lindiwe - you get the vote of my family!

      mylord - 2011-09-28 10:15

      @JMsays were was yo DA?

  • lance ANCY - 2011-09-27 15:25

    the start of the big split!!

      Gary - 2011-09-27 15:47

      Split? Healthy competition, the democrats and republicans in the states usually have a few candidates for the same job, presidency included. I dont see them splitting anytime soon.

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-09-27 15:25

    Lindiwe will be an obvious choice for many reasons. But really now, her political credentials will do more harm to the DA than they think. You need a strong candidate irrespective of the colour. Lindiwe is not street smart, the very same problem that the DA is battling with. Trollip remains the strongest leader in Parliament. It is not about how smart she is, but how do you close political deals and also be a top hypocrit!!!

      Colin Dovey - 2011-09-27 16:12

      Rubbish - she is MORE than street smart!

  • Pixie1984 - 2011-09-27 15:29

    Nice to have some more visible colour for the masses. Maybe now all the guys who only vote for the ANC because they thing DA is a white party might change their minds.

  • Bokke - 2011-09-27 15:37

    Wishing her all the best. Hope she won't change like most politicians when they have been elected to the positions they want.

      ousie - 2011-09-27 15:51

      Wishful thinking.. She is black afterall...

      brown_bread - 2011-09-27 19:58

      ousie, you sound deserted!

  • Darwinian - 2011-09-27 15:40

    Lindiwe Mazibuko for president!!!!

      mylord - 2011-09-28 10:16

      kitchen president I giv her my vote with no suger

  • Ingie - 2011-09-27 15:52

    Mazibuko is one bright African go gal and give it a shot..a very firey one i might add.

  • Musa Ngubane - 2011-09-27 15:54

    Zille's tea girl is becoming big-headed. She must remember what happened to Joe Seremane. He was put there as a chairperson to mislead black people. When he decided to contest against madam, Seremane got 7 votes. He thought the whities in the DA liked him, whereas they were using him. A lesson for this girl!

      gatvol4corru - 2011-09-27 21:39

      dimwit racist

      theoverlordnu - 2011-09-30 23:11

      Lol, Musa. Seramane lost because the DA cacaus thought Zille was the stronger candidate. Simple as that. But you have to see race in everything. Athol Trollip also lost to Zille in case you're forgetting. Also, Lindiwe HAS already been voted into a position of seniority as National Spokesperson of the DA, the supposidly racist party. Except that they fought against aparteid, lol.

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  • analyse - 2011-09-27 15:56

    If she wants my vote, she definately have to lose weight. When we talk about growth, we talking about the Economy not Weight Lindy. Obesity is a serious concern for our country, she must lead by example - drop some weight sisi

      Ingie - 2011-09-27 16:01

      well think logically..blacks like fat ladies it turns them maybe just maybe they may turn toward the DA you never know

      Darwinian - 2011-09-27 16:03

      and then take a shower afterwards????

  • bizos - 2011-09-27 16:08

    ah,test of time,lets see how geniun the da is?

  • Jacques - 2011-09-27 16:09

    Step aside Mr Trollip. You may be more experienced, but experience will not get you votes. You are a white man like me, but your time is up.

  • Luyolo Mgodi - 2011-09-27 16:45

    Let me first declare that I am an ANC member, but if I were to advise DA.I'd advise them to vote that women into parliament. She is a remarkable women, intelligent.In all the debates that I have seen her in, she comes up top. She has facts, the fact that she got education and she speaks "fancy english" as people would say doesn't make her less black. People need to root that mentality out of their minds. She is brilliant, that no one can take it from her. If DA, votes her in that will be a wise moves, if not Lindiwe mntasekhaya come back home!!

      MattVan - 2011-09-27 18:05

      Agreed. She's an asset above all and in addition a step in the right direction for the DA. If they can't attract black talent and remove the appearance of a white boys club they will continue to be ineffective opposition.

  • Barry O - 2011-09-27 17:25

    Lindiwe is the way forward, the future, for the DA.

      unknwnartist - 2011-09-27 23:34

      Think she is more of an asset to South Africa as a whole. She is gonna break the mould and remove some blinkers.

      mylord - 2011-09-28 10:18

      kitchen asset yah

  • Kev47 - 2011-09-27 18:29

    You go, Lindiwe! First parliament, then the DA. We need young, vibrant and energetic leaders to take us forward, and out of the rat hole that is South African politics.

  • Trudy - 2011-10-22 16:41

    Lindiwe impresses me too and I hope she makes it. And yes, I agree her being in a leadership position might encourage more black people to vote for the DA. Just a thought though: perhaps, if DA supporters stop making derogatory statements abbout black people (dumb uneducated masses, etc) more people of colour might be drawn to the DA. Who would want to switch to a party if many (most?) of its supporters look down on you?

      Trudy - 2011-10-22 16:51

      Sorry about not abbout. Also not necessarily referring to comments to this article, but comments on this forum in general. The superiority complexes of some people are simply too much to handle!

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