DA lets member who jumped gun in premier race off hook
MAKASHULE Gana, the DA Gauteng member of the provincial legislature, will not face disciplinary action for pronouncing his ambitions as the party’s premier candidate in next year’s national elections before the official opposition could open the nomination process.
Yesterday, the DA leader in the province John Moodey said his fellow legislature member did not breach his party’s rules when he pronounced his readiness in April. Two months ago, Gana said he was ready to lead Gauteng, and that he would do so like a marathon runner, “who has trained unceasingly”.
“I am ready to scale the political mountains,” he said at the time.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane yesterday endorsed the view that people can pronounce their candidacy for the election. He said all South Africans would be allowed to apply to become members of the nine legislatures and Parliament online.
Maimane also announced that the party had set its sights on securing the premiership in three of the country’s nine provinces, and Gauteng would be their prime target along with the Northern Cape.
He told the media their decision to target the two provinces and to retain the majority in the Western Cape was taken at its two days Federal Executive meeting that ended yesterday.
He said his party would go into official campaigning later this month with the view to do an official launch in next month.
However, the DA’s hopes to usurp Gauteng appear to rely on media reports that the incumbent ANC chairperson and Premier David Makhura was likely to be contested for his party provincial leadership position by his one-time friend and former mayor of Tshwane Kgosientso Ramokgopa.
According to Maimane, the imminent contestation at the impeding ANC provincial congress next month showed that there were cracks in the ANC in Gauteng.
He also said the Life Esidimeni saga would affect the ANC support. Maimane was adamant that his party would take over Gauteng.
“Alongside the party’s presidential candidate will be a diverse and
“WE’VE SET TARGETS – ONE OF WHICH IS TO TAKE GAUTENG
capable team, which will each be mandated with one key strategic issue that affects South Africans daily. After that, the party will launch premier candidate campaigns across the country.
“It is our belief that we field premier candidates in each province who are capable, dedicated, and able to speak to voters directly on our plans to bring about real change.” Maimane said his Federal Executive moved to adopt a number of resolutions, which would form the basis for their election campaign.
“The Federal Executive set the party… non-negotiable targets for the 2019 elections – one of which is to become the biggest party in Gauteng and to form a government in the province,” Maimane said.
According to Maimane, the three provinces are “strategic” for his party, which also aimed to substantially increase its percentage of the national votes cast.
“This means that KwaZulu-Natal, the North West and the Eastern Cape will contribute significantly to the growth targets of the party based on our strong structures and electoral performance,” Maimane said.
He also said his party was gaining momentum in rural areas, especially in the Eastern Cape.
“We grew from 88% to 96% in the ward by-election in Buffalo City Municipality on Friday, and from 6.24% to 24.9 in Ingquza Hill local municipality,” he said.