Maimane not in DA Gauteng leader race

2012-01-28 21:00

Johannesburg - Two Democratic Alliance members have been nominated as the party's Gauteng leader, and national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane is not on the list.

The DA announced on Friday that John Moodey, a member of the Gauteng legislature, and party MP Ian Ollis had been nominated for the position.

The deadline for nominations closed at 16:00 on Friday afternoon, DA Gauteng spokesperson Refiloe Nt'sekhe said in a statement.

Amid reports earlier this week that he was eyeing the post, Maimane said he was still deciding whether to run.

Approached on Friday, Maimane said he had decided to focus more on the party's national campaign.

"I have focused on two things, my role as the national spokesperson is new and important and my role of leading the Joburg caucus. So it is important for me not to run for the provincial race," he said.

Maimane said he felt he had "strong support" in the province and his decision not to run had nothing to do with that.

"My strategic thinking was the emphasis on building a strong profile for the DA nationally and to make sure the campaign is led well," he said.

"There is great opportunity to drive the agenda and do well as spokesperson."

The DA also announced its nominations for provincial chairperson and deputy provincial chairperson.

The nominees for chair were: Dot Corrigan and Mike Moriarty; and for deputy chair: Winston Campbell, Hannes Coetzee, Malanie Haggard, Sipho Masigo and Ashor Sarupen.

The DA's new provincial leadership will be elected at its Gauteng Provincial Congress on March 10.

  • Whitty - 2012-01-28 21:31

    Tell the truth Maimane and DA, you know very well that you ran the risk of losing white voters to afriforum under Maimane.You know your clients very well I must say.

      Whitty - 2012-01-28 21:51

      PSSST! dO do you think whites knows that? even afriforum do not know who they are LOL.AND do not swear at me my boykie ,jy saal bars.

      pws69 - 2012-01-28 22:11

      Ooohh Whitty, I'm shaking in my boots. Little ANCYL retard, you are too scared to post under your real name and I must be scared. ROTFLMAO

      Madelein - 2012-01-29 15:09

      sorry to disappoint you, but this white chick knows they are not a political party

  • Comrade - 2012-01-28 21:40


  • Jacques Joubert - 2012-01-28 22:04

    I think, let the DA run Jhb for a trail 4 mayb a year. Let them work Gauteng and we see later?

  • pws69 - 2012-01-28 22:15

    Maimane made the right choice. He currently has a far bigger platform to work his magic. He needs to prepare himself for 2014. I see a bright future for him in the DA.

  • Mantsho - 2012-01-28 23:15

    He is not greedy, he is just getting well organised and he is also taking his time, l think its brilliant idea.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-29 04:03

    What can you read from this: Lindi Mazibuko was spokesperson and now chief whip. Maimane is spokesperson and caucus leader? Well blacks can speak for the party and hold parliamentary positions to give the DA a nice black feel but they CAN'T lead the public party structures..

      pws69 - 2012-01-29 07:48

      Non White Leadership in the DA The KwaZulu-Natal (Sizwe Wiseman Mchunu) and Northern Cape (Andrew Louw) provincial leadership are both black, the newly appointed Gauteng North Constituency Chairman is black, the DA Youth league leader is black, The GP Caucus leader is black, EC Caucus leader is black, half the DA National Leadership are black. To name but a few.

  • ISO - 2012-01-29 07:15

    incompetant + destructive + selfish x corrupt + lack of knowledge = ANC vision + competant + knowledge x leadership + structive = DA I guess that sums it up!

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-29 09:02

    Thats the way to build a leadership. None of this grootbek empty headed "my- gang-is-more ........ (violent, corrupt, dishonest, greedy, ruthless )than- yours-so-give-me-the-position-or-else" attitude of the anc mafia.

  • mashavha - 2012-01-29 16:05

    are u suprised?it was bound to happen

  • mashavha - 2012-01-29 16:05

    Next is that fake Lindiwe

      mbossenger - 2012-01-29 20:44

      Why is she a fake?

      Jonathan - 2012-02-02 08:18

      Because she is better spoken and better educated than him and that makes him feel insecure ;-)

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