Zille's leadership uncontested

2012-10-17 13:28

Johannesburg - Helen Zille's leadership of the DA would not be challenged at the party's national elective conference next month, spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.

He said she would stand uncontested as party leader at the congress in Boksburg on the East Rand.

"There is nothing sinister about that," Maimane told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Any DA member in good financial standing can stand [for the position]. No candidate has come forward."

The Democratic Alliance will hold the congress on 24 and 25 November.

At the event, the party will elect a leader, federal chairperson, three deputy federal chairpersons, federal council chair and deputy chair, chairperson of the federal legal commission, and the federal finance committee.

  • justin.mettew - 2012-10-17 13:31

    Congrats DA leader Helen Zille.

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-17 13:57

      What a lovely happy party. Just makes me want to bring out the streamers, fizz pop, chocolate cake and watch the clowns (the anc) bump and trip and stab each other in the back. Now thats a party! Go DA.

      Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-17 14:26

      I will consider voting for DA if Lindiwe Mazibuko becomes its leader.

      Jeremy - 2012-10-17 14:40

      Poloyatonki...for once I agree with you. I think Helen's been a superb leader - she has all the qualities a good leader should have and she's taken the the DA to the point where it's genuine opposition to the ANC. But - and it's a big BUT - the DA will only become the country's government when it has a black leader, like Lindiwe of Mmusi. I look forward to that happening sometime after the next election.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-17 14:42

      Unchallenged just like Mugabe with his zanu pf, congrats Zille! Noone in DA can do better than you, you are the epitome of democracy!

      daniel.machet - 2012-10-17 14:44

      I hope more feel the way you do Poloyatonki... I'll vote ANC when Thuli Madonsela becomes its leader

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 16:01

      @Poloyatonki1.lee - so its about colour and not proper governance and policy. We dont need your vote!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-17 16:18

      Poliodonkey and Jeremy - Helen's struggle credentials are superior to a lot of the (literally) fat cats in the ANC, whose only struggle is to open a box of KFC.

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-17 16:28

      I will vote for this strong woman

      raath - 2012-10-17 16:39

      @shepardshakes.ndlovu - Helen Zille achieves more in a week than what Zuma will ever hope to achieve in his entire presidential term.

      junaid.vanderwalt - 2012-10-17 16:40

      Another dictator

  • Desilusionada - 2012-10-17 13:34

    Funny, they achieved such a decision without shooting each other........ Nor someone going to Zimboland to get "extra training' how to make a political career. Or building a R250mil mansion for her.

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 13:47

      or without destroying a conference facility... or throwing rocks... or having marches, where they destroy things... & throw rocks. Civilized vs Uncivilized

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-17 13:52

      And that is what the anc will find sinister no doubt

      Andrea - 2012-10-17 13:53

      and dare I say no chicken festivals?

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-17 13:34

    I think she deserves another term. She has done well so far. There's room for improvement though.

      Eterni80 - 2012-10-17 13:38

      why mess with perfection ?

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 13:45

      Eterni80 - i wouldnt go as far as to say 'perfection'... but then again, anything compared to the ANC's scattered ranks is close!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-17 13:53

      Of course- always room for improvement, but yes, she has certainly showed SA's what can be done through honest and intelligent governance as opposed to the pure greed and self enrichment of the ANC.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-17 13:37

    A party leadership evolving around the same individuals??? What Aren't they any other competent individuals in the party to hold up office ! Really does expose a lot about the party hey ....eish thumbs down

      Jane - 2012-10-17 13:50

      all it shows is the Helen knows what she is doing, therefore there is no need to replace, unlike the ANC who have to change leaders regularly because no one in the ANC knows what the hell they doing

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-17 14:02

      Demagoguery afoot.

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-17 14:08

      Is it?! So she's the only one with a vision within the party ,they aren't any others who can blaze trails for DA ... That's so weak from a party it shows they is no leaders but followers I have yet to see a face which stands firm in the absence of zille

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-17 14:21

      Oh really? And what is your precious Zuma trying to do? Is he going to become President again and then resign to Malema? At least when HZ shuffles her party appointees then they achieve something. OBTW, who is Ivan Meyer? Really does expose a lot about your restricted manner of thinking hey ....eish thumbs down.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-17 14:22

      A party leadership evolving around the same individuals??? And Zuma for a second term ???

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-17 14:34

      @desilusionada have you ever engaged before? Look then why isn't he standing up and contesting if he can lead DA ? What isn't he good enough ...look at how long has zille has been DA since tony retired from politics how long is that ... Leadership crisis

      barend.vanniekerk - 2012-10-17 14:37

      you call it competence idiot

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-17 14:41

      @ simplysouthafrican what's Anc have to do with DA ,because what we are talking about over here is a party which is leaning on single person to show them the way -a party with a lack of new faces to nurture and sheperd DA with leadership better than those of zille

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-17 14:47

      @ barend what's competence in a party where leadership is forever held up by certain individuals huh?! What aren't they other bright individuals to guide you guys

      daniel.machet - 2012-10-17 14:47

      I think it speaks volumes that Zille can stand uncontested with the likes of Patricia De Lille there - I don't think any South African would brand her a sheep or afraid to open her mouth

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-17 15:01

      On the other hand, if I were an ANC supporter, I would be too damn embarrassed and ashamed to pass any comment at all due to what that party is doing to this country. Just shows the level of denial and arrogance.

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-17 19:07

      @rasthami.m1 She became the leader of the DA in MAY 2007. That is just over 5 years ago. Zuma became the President of the ANC in December also in 2007. That is 5 years ago. So your point is????????? So perhaps you go back to the USA and go sprout your nonsensical bits of drivel there. In South Africa people make sure they know the facts before the show their ignorance of history.....

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-17 20:56

      @ delusionada my point exactly ...isn't any suitable candidate to unseat zille ... Indenial that life after zille in DA will be a mountain to climb to convince your gullible supporter to have the believe in DA ...

  • moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-17 13:38

    Zille is losing weight,is it stress or anorexia?

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 13:44

      I’d want to throw up if I had to deal with the likes of the ANC politicians all day too.

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-17 14:03

      Neither. Terminal liberalism and political correctness.

      Cameron - 2012-10-17 14:12

      Thats it, show how low your intellect is by stooping to a level that involves insulting instead of trying to debate...just shows that you have nothing on Zille hahahaha

  • Spiral - 2012-10-17 13:42

    ... like a well educated machine... (i figured 'educated' worked better than 'oiled' in this case) No infighting... no political mud slinging within the party... no division sowers... One day DA, one day you'll get your chance to put this country back on track.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-17 13:44

    Is it an elective conference or an anointment conference??they are going to anoint the leader, this is dictatorship

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 13:52

      "Helen Zille's leadership of the DA would not be challenged at the party's national ELECTIVE conference next month"

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-17 14:01

      Why dont you go swallow some semun semon!That should keep you quiet for a moment in time.

      phahla.matwa - 2012-10-17 14:02


      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-17 14:03

      Fixing the ballot even before the conference.

      Cameron - 2012-10-17 14:14

      Hahahaha find these comments entertaining. I guess if she was corrupt and useless you guys would like her hay....

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-17 14:23

      @kolobe...but you black and poor?How do you know about us rich whites...we don't mix with the poor black people...sorry man.

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-17 14:25

      maybe if you ever start working hard, you too Kolobe can become a rich white woman.

      Cameron - 2012-10-17 14:25

      Can you back these accusations up with rock solid proof kolobe?? Probably not...

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-17 15:26

      Tumi are you really concerned what the whites do within their party,let them annoint away,who cares,she can lead the party ofr the next 100 years it wont change the fact that the DA is a party for white supremists

      Cameron - 2012-10-17 15:36

      Lol at are might want to take that chip off your shoulder, its starting to go off

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2012-10-17 13:52

    See JZ, the Madam can get it right by doing and saying the right thing. Do you think it might be worth a try in the ANC. And all of this without handouts and family help and R 250m of tax payers money. It would make any reasonable man think! What is the conclusion we must draw from this??

  • sachasea - 2012-10-17 13:56

    "Any DA member in good financial standing can stand [for the position]." Define 'good financial standing.' Could this perhaps be why challengers aren't forthcoming?

      tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-17 14:08

      In the DA you need to have money to qualify, the current black south Africans who qualifies in good financial status as set out by the DA are the BEE benefactors, and they are all in the ANC, you need to have at least R10m in your bank account to become a leader, Black South Africans in The DA including Maimane and Lindiwe Mazibuko currently don’t have that much, its only white males in the DA who have that much.Joe Seremane was the only black DA supporter who had that much but was kicked out for standing against Zille in the previous elections, The Afrikaner democracy

      Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-17 15:20

      ShelleyV ..."Can never take responsibility for their own F*C* Ups" So you oppress us for more than 350 years now its our own faak up, really?

      Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-17 15:32

      ShelleyV You did the same thing for 350 years...

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-17 15:36

      @Shelly as well you dont waste your breath on the ones who still stuck in a simple math: DA+prevailing number of white politicians=APARTHEID!!! BOOO!

  • juju.malema.792 - 2012-10-17 13:58

    HZ rocks!!!

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-10-17 14:00

    She has balls unlike Mr what what

      mlungisi.mwelase.9 - 2012-10-17 15:48

      I would love to see her balls

  • mmaphongwana - 2012-10-17 14:01

    Give some clarity on \good financial standing\within the DA

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-17 14:04

      Someone who has paid for their blue t-shirt.

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-17 14:56

      good financial standing is to show that the person has not been declared bankrupt, the same as been a director of a board. when you ask for a loan the bank will check if you have good financial standing. it doesn't mean you are rich

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-10-17 14:08

    Zille is the best

      sachasea - 2012-10-17 15:05

      Best of what? SA politicians? Great achievement. They're all full of nonsense. I wouldn't put too much faith in any of them to be honest.

      shepardshakes.ndlovu - 2012-10-17 15:23


  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-17 14:08

    You see what happens when a Political PArty is stable and working well!! ANC take note maybe if you put the right person in place from the start things would be better for you. Oh wait, almost all your members in government are money hungry fools so that will never happen!

  • shayne.r.barker - 2012-10-17 14:08

    This is a true sign of a level headed, stable and responsible political party. No fighting amongst each other and all members respecting their leader.

      shepardshakes.ndlovu - 2012-10-17 15:16


      shayne.r.barker - 2012-10-17 15:27

      I would love to be the boss of the company that employs me one day, but it doesn't mean that I must now not respect my current boss/leader. He is better at it than what I am. I still have lots to learn. Just because someone has a power hungry idea, it don't make it a correct one.

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-17 14:09

    As an ANC supporter,I do not poke my noise into the affairs of other parties.DA conference has got nothing to do with the ANC,whether DA decides to hold it next year it does not affect us.Whatever is happening in ANC,u will get the answers in Mangaung.DA conference does not carry any weight and it won't even shake the rand in the market.Watch the Mangaung conference,intertnational investors are looking forward to it.Even DA supporters,including Zille,are looking forward to the Mangaung conference.Just waiting DA supporters to call me names because the truth hurts.

      mmaphongwana - 2012-10-17 14:18

      Realy don't see the reason to put JZ or ANC in any of DA's affairs,it tells me the Zille's puppets Mazibuko/Maimane will never get to that position shame

      stephan.dallapria - 2012-10-17 14:30

      So you openly support an organisation that has stolen R600 billion from citizenry, including the so-called poorest of the poor, and a president that is spending half a billion on his own village palace, while children go hungry and people die in government hospitals broken due to mismanagement and corruption? What a classy human you are, Vincent!

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-17 14:58

      tried to come up with the worst possible name for you, but you covered it in your first 4 words

      raath - 2012-10-17 17:27

      Yes, international investors are looking forward to it. They can't wait for the day that Zuma is out so that they can think about investing in SA again. While that imbecile is president there is no hope of landing any proper foreign investment.

  • Steven - 2012-10-17 14:10

    Why? Is there anyone better than Zille in the DA or pretending that everything is well? Lindiwe Mazibuko should have entered the contest.

      raath - 2012-10-17 17:29

      It's not a contest. But I can tell you this, Mangaung is going to be a circus.

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-10-17 14:11

    She must recruit J S Malema as her spoke person. She will b popular among blk voters

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-17 14:38

      Ja and then the DA will become as corrupt as the ANC! I dislike your comment more then I dislike brussel sprouts!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-17 14:12

    Exactly! If it aint broke, no need to fix! Can't say the same for cANCer! Needs to be nuked!

  • mzeelie - 2012-10-17 14:15

    I think what they mean by good financial standing is that she is not corrupt and her taxes is looking good, I might be wrong.

  • Jaco Liza Venter - 2012-10-17 14:22

    This is not a joke i dont no wich party to seport anymore!The politics in this country is sick

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-17 14:35

      What part don't you understand? Hellen Zille is unopposed because she is the best leader this country has ever seen, you clearly don't live in the Western Cape! Vote DA and you will see change on big scale!

      mmaphongwana - 2012-10-17 14:44

      R u joking,country ever seen? Do you think Mazibuko or Maimane will ever given a chance to lead DA? Jaco that's your choice and u don't owe any1 a vote so not even DA has a potential to lead SA if not giving chance to other members within the organisation.

      ester.venter.3 - 2012-10-17 14:45

      #know\r\n#which\r\n#support\r\nSchooling will definiatly improve under DA!

      John.Yossarian22 - 2012-10-17 14:49

      Politics are sick? It seems education is non-existent if you look at the spelling, grammar, and punctuation in most comments. *I, *don't, *know, *which, *support. And that is just the spelling!

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-17 14:58

      @ mmaphongwana? I agree with you that Lindi when she is ready, should lead the DA, i think it would be great for the country, her values are good and she believes in change for the people and I think at the right time she will take over! Helen Zille is still the right woman for the job at the moment and what she has accomplished in the last few years is amazing! She is honestly here for the people and I know that people in townships don't feel the same way, but in years to come, I think it will become better under the right leadership!

      mmaphongwana - 2012-10-17 15:25

      In the townships yes cause she's not doing it for them but use Mazibuko to attract more blacks to DA,when she got what she wants(presincy) Mazibuko/Maimane will be out or serving her coffee @ the office instead,they should give her a chance to prove her fit for the position but I bet that will never happen

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-17 15:38

      @mmaphongwana? You don't honestly think Lindiwe is really serving tea and coffee do you, that's what Malema said! Read on what she does in the Western Cape and their work shops around the country, she is doing her bit! You can't just expect people to get the positions they want unless they not ready! But when she leads one day, it will attract a bigger black vote, agreed!

  • ringetadaniel.mashimbye - 2012-10-17 14:36

    DA is led by dictators. Leaders choose themselves.

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-17 14:40

      That must be the worst and untrue comment I have read in a while! How do leaders choose themselves? Then we all leaders! How is the DA lead by dictators? I believe its got something to do with race does it?

      brett.michielin - 2012-10-17 14:44

      Ummmm! No idiot dictators choose themselves.

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-10-17 14:43

    It's a pity that the DA and Cope leaders can't reconcile their differences. Some one like Lekota has the backbone but unfortunately Cope has been discredited. What we need is someone with the will and understanding of Zille, the youth of Mazibuko and the ability to tell it like it is. like Lekota, to lead the opposition and rally the decent-minded people of the Rainbow nation and take the nation forward as it was intended to go in 1994, not backward without leadership as it is at present. A coalition with Zille, Mazibuko, Lekota, De Lille and Holomisa (with other like-minded and capable leaders coming through) may yet straighten out the nation and keep us on the straight and narrow yellow brick road to prosperity.

      mlungisi.mwelase.9 - 2012-10-17 15:33

      Dreams of a madman

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-10-17 14:48

    Rhamphela seems to be reluctant to get into active politics. Imagine the widow of the late Steve Biko making an entrance and what a powerful affect that would have. Mdonsela wouldn't have to worry about her deputy who is just a CancEr "bloody agent". She would be sitting a lot higher up in government.

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-17 14:50

    @Stephen.dallapria,my friend,thank u for your question.Let me make this clear to u.In the ANC,we do not support individuals,we support the party,I agree that there is a cloud hanging over JZ's head but there is no policy in the which says they must be corrupt.Watch out,we will deal with him and u will be shocked.As for stealing from the poor,that is really bad and that has to be dealt with.I am not really happy with the way my party is corrupt but the problem is that we are giving responsibility to the people who are not caring and have no vision.The problems within the ANC will be resolved by the party members themselves.If u have a problem with your wife u dump her?I will not relocate to another party because I will end up being a political protistute.Do not worry,the image of the party is dented but that does not mean it will not be redeemed someday.Yes JZ is a flop but the party has given him the mandate to lead us at the moment.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-17 15:08

      ndlovuvincent - Let me make this clear for you: Your whole ANC party is a flop my friend, and most people are simply not prepared to wait for "one day". There is no time. Look around you, this country is falling apart fast. To hell with "one day", the time for change is now while there's still something left. But full marks for your loyalty, just a pity it's so misplaced in a useless party that will never bring anything positive to this country, or to you and me.

      shayne.r.barker - 2012-10-17 15:20

      Like chief said, full marks for your loyalty. You sound pretty sensible and I'm sure that If there were more people like you in the ANC its image may not be so tarnished. I find it interesting how you say that the ANC does NOT support an individual but rather the party when it is well known that JZ (your leader) does not wish to give up a second term. Is this not an individual supporting himself? How can JZ claim to have the ANC's best interest at heart when he himself does not wish to step down from what has been a horrible term? That is the biggest reason why he must go. It is no guess that the ANC will win the next election, I just hope they don't choose JZ. Please don't take this out of context, this is by no means an attack on you.

  • ester.venter.3 - 2012-10-17 14:53

    Funny the difference between the DA and ANC: ANC-total choas regarding their future leadership; DA-firm standing with strong leader, no drama... #makesyouthink

  • philani.ngcongo2 - 2012-10-17 14:56

    I call for a debate....

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-17 15:13

      the anc conference is a mass debate

  • mmaphongwana - 2012-10-17 15:08

    \Any DA member in good financial standing can stand [for the position]. No candidate has come forward.\\r\n\r\nMazibuko/Maimane will never be given a chance to lead DA,why? Oh I forgot,they are used to attract more blacks to the party so Madam can rule in 200years coming,shame poor coconuts.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-10-17 15:18

    anc new anthem: EVERYDAY IM SHUFFLING!!!!! GO HELEN!

  • wandile.ncobela.3 - 2012-10-17 15:18

    it is quite surprising how people respond to news24 articles. If I'm not mistaken here, the article is about DA leadership, No one one is contesting to lead the party. as i read through the comments, I see people commenting about ANC leadership, JZ, Juju, etc etc. Realy do we have to engage debate which is out of topic? I say congratulatioon to DA, but then again leave ANC out of this, if DA is doing good, it good for its image, if ANC is doing bad, it also for their own image, but why?????? are we puting ANC on a DA articles? Is DA threaten by ANC? or is DA enjoy the current situation at ANC. This doesn't make sense, Leave these party alone. let us stick to the topics.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-17 15:29

    There's no match and challenge to mrs. Zille. She is the only candidate suitable for the presidency.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-10-17 15:35

    It looks like it is a one man show there at DA

  • angie.farr81 - 2012-10-17 15:36

    Can't say the same for the ANC! VIVA DA VIVA

  • angie.farr81 - 2012-10-17 15:40

    Unlike the ANC Thabo... Kgalema... Jacob... no no wait maybe Kgalema... carent say for sure!

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-17 15:41

    @shayne.r.barker-My friend,I am humbled by your response to my comment,people like u deserve my full respect.If this site can have people who engage with others the way u do,It will be good for our country.U have left me a big confidence that there is hope on this site that not all people are here to assassinate other peope' s character.The fact that we stand on opposite directions does not mean we have to fight and call each other names,thank u,u have made my day.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-17 16:14

      ndlovuvincent - You seem like someone who could understand my dream for SA. Here it is: In my humble opinion, SA will start progressing when the people stand together and as one nation refuse to accept corruption and mismanagement in government, regardless of whichever party that might be. For example, it is common knowledge the ANC are not coming up to the mark (to put it politely), so as one nation we toss them out and put the next party in government. Does it matter which party? Surely as long as they serve you and me (the people) instead of themselves then does the colour matter? So we put the DA in power - they don't deliver, we (one nation) toss them out. We try Cope, they don't deliver, we toss them out. It would not take very long for politicians to then understand it is not a gravy train or a reward program to be in government, but that you actually have to run the country and govern properly and fairly FOR ALL SOUTH AFRICANS!!!!! Well, it's just a dream of course, because what are the chances of us all uniting as one nation?

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 16:03

    @shepardshakes.ndlovu - Ummmm, let see. The ONLY successful province in the entire country? Pffft! Idiot!

  • rebecca.pooe - 2012-10-17 16:17

    Zuma's leadership uncontested, that will be the news at Luthuli house,unless Tokyo want to embarass himself. Are you saying Zille is the best that Da can offer, we need a leader

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-10-17 16:27

    Let them keep their drug lord,they are high on drugs that is why they can't see that she's a dictator. We are going to witness more people dying in WC

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-17 18:14

      Sounds like you are on drugs!

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-18 07:21

      As if the ANC is doing a good job for u blacks living like animals

  • nyiko.ngobeni.5011 - 2012-10-17 16:35


  • Vince.York - 2012-10-17 18:19

    Strength to Strength! Millions of young South Africans are all changing their votes to the opposition DA knowing that they are free to exercise their own decisions and can change again in the future if they need to. The exposures of what has happened to the ANC has sickened most citizens and they see it worsening rapidly unless checked in its tracks.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-18 03:18

    Not even my main man Trolip?

  • janzanele - 2012-10-21 18:18

    if DA is democtratic party why is Zille uncontested,despite the race thing, they're all scare of her.monopolism is taking centre stage inside DA no wonder she so vocal,now she in talks with Britain the greatest imperialist of all time

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