The DA released its three election candidate lists yesterday, giving a glimpse of party leaders who might represent the party in Parliament in the post-election period. Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille emerged top of the national list followed by Mmoba Seshoka, while parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko was third.
Former top prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, who joined the DA in February, is in the 33rd position.A surprising development was that former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela did not even make the top 10.She was nominated to position 15 despite her vast experience in government and organisational matters.Mpumalanga provincial chairperson for the DA James Masango, who made it into the fourth position, said he was excited about the nomination.
He said this meant he would go back to the National Assembly to speak for the people.“I would not say I’m surprised but I did not expect to be in the top five,” Masango said.“I was an MP for eight years before I went to Mpumalanga,” Masango said.The DA national list appeared to have elevated some of its young members. Former DA Youth leader Makashule Gana was nominated to the 22th position, while former party media liaison office, Phumzile Van Damme, made it to 19th spot on the national list.
The DA’s national spokesperson, Mmusi Maimane, said the lists represented the most diverse and talented team the organisation had ever put forward for an election. He said the DA was, unlike the ANC, proud to make its list public.“In this election, we are asking each South African to make a critical choice about their future, about the state of service delivery and about who has the best policy for job creation,” Maimane said.The DA leader in the Limpopo provincial legislature, Desiree Van Der Walt, might have to kiss the province good-bye and head to the Mother City in the post-election period, having emerged in the 11th spot on the national list.
Source: The Citizen