Democratic Alliance (DA) leader and Western Cape Premier Hellen
Zille has called on her party faithful to be more active at grassroots level
and set their sights on taking over the country in the next election.
Zille, in one of her most important policy speeches, sent out a political signal
in favour of coalition politics.
the cards for next year’s municipal elections.
refused to be held hostage by smaller parties.
governments. There are people in all political parties who share our values and
if we can unite them in one political vehicle, I believe we can be the
by-election, saying the victory was a blow to the politics of race in the
party has won in areas that are dominated by blacks.
contest of ideas and values rather than a closed circle of conflict between
race groups,” she said, adding that the by-election proved the country’s
democracy was working.
you get an SMS in the middle of the night saying that we have just won a 52%
majority in a voting district where there is not a single minority voter.”
from all backgrounds who were making the DA their political home.
its members to record their racial identity as South Africans on any official
document or form which asks them to state a racial classification.
served only to advance the ANC’s “agenda of racial nationalism”.
head of the DA caucus in the event that the party leader is not an MP, like
to preside over internal disputes be established.
general election. In the 2004 polls, the party won 50 seats.
remain at the party’s helm until 2013 as she is the only candidate contesting
the post of DA leader.
chairperson, while nine people – among them outgoing DA youth leader Khume
Ramulifho and MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard – were nominated for deputy federal
Cape Town, is the chair of the DA youth branch in the N2 Development
internal disputes be established and that Zille – together with mayors who lead
the party in their municipalities – take charge of the DA caucus.”
said the move came about because in the past Tony Leon, a former DA leader who
was also an MP, led the organisation in and out of Parliament.
in the National Assembly by virtue of his party being the country’s second
biggest political organisation and head of the DA caucus at Parliament.
and this would also apply to mayors where we are in control to be chairs of
caucus. Athol Trollip will continue in his role as leader of the official
opposition” but not as DA caucus leader should the proposal be accepted, Schafer
national and provincial general elections. In the 2004 polls, the party won 50
authority of Trollip in the divided DA caucus.
at the party’s helm until 2013 as she is the only candidate contesting the post
of DA leader.
chairperson while nine people – among them outgoing DA youth leader Khume
Ramulifho and MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard – were nominated for deputy federal chair
Ramulifho’s position. Gana is a Johannesburg DA councillor while Yalezo, who
lives in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township, is the chair of the DA youth branch
in the N2 Development constituency which he founded.
Zille, buoyed by the recent by-election victories, said South Africa’s democracy
in the middle of the night to say that we have just won the 52 percent majority
in a voting district where there is not a single minority voter. This is the
stuff of which all successful democracies are made,” she said.
who come from all backgrounds and are making the DA their political home.
place in leadership roles throughout our party. Their choice for the DA will
transform our party and our country,” she said.
reconciliatory overtures, the niece of convicted fraudster Shabir Shaik, Seham
Areff, sat quietly behind Zille together with other young people of different
struggle songs similar to those chanted at ANC gatherings while others chanted
“long live the spirit of Hellen Zille”.
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