As the leadership contest in the DA intensifies, the opponents are putting their best foot forward as alliances among delegates build to vote in a new party leader. So far, interim leader John Steenhuisen, the party’s Gauteng leader John Moodey and KwaZulu-Natal MPL Mbali Ntuli have put their names forward in the running for the coveted position when the party convenes for its federal congress on May 30 and 31.
On Saturday, Steenhuisen launched his campaign in Cape Town where hundreds of party members, including Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, MP Natasha Mazzone, Glynnis Breytenbach and James Selfe were among other provincial leaders who came out to show their support. Notably absent, however, was Western Cape party leader Bonginkosi Madikizela, who was thought to be a contender as well as the party women’s league leader, Nomafrench Mbombo.
While Steenhuisen appears to enjoy the upper hand, both as the interim party leader and leader in Parliament, it remains anyone’s game with the nomination period only closing at the end of March. Steenhuisen highlighted the need to bolster up the economy, job creation, land issues, redress, health and education as some of his key focus issues.
“We cannot talk about the economy without talking inequality, this is something the DA has struggled with something that under my leadership I pledge to get right. As am liberal I against all forms of racial labelling and categorisation,” he added.
John Steenhuisen Campaign Launch for DA Leader https://t.co/UNcJ51ityU
— John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) February 15, 2020
Ntuli, the youngest contender at 31, is calling for an overhaul of the current establishment. In a letter to the DA, when she announced her intentions to run, Ntuli highlighted the challenges within the party, especially the loss of votes in the last elections as well as the loss of activism.
She highlighted the need to bring back fairness to the party, doing away with the confusion around what the DA stood for and the need for a leader who could bring people together from different backgrounds. Moodey is steadfast on returning the “dignity” of the party by ending internal squabbles and the never-ending twitter blunders.
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