Sunday World

DA delays list of names, fears exodus

Party haemorrhag­ing black leaders

- By George Matlala

The DA has decided to wait for the formal proclamati­on of the election date before announcing the lists of its candidates, amid fears that a premature disclosure of names could lead to an exodus of leaders who do not make the cut.

The official opposition’s provincial chapters are divided over the timing of the release of the list, with heightened concerns that those who do not get council jobs will dump the organisati­on, which is already haemorrhag­ing black leaders.

Gauteng is among the provinces that want the list to be released and the party to deal with the consequenc­es of those who leave as a result of not being selected. The Northern Cape and Kwazulu-natal are of the view the release of names will have a negative impact on the party’s campaign towards October 27.

The party’s federal executive decided on Monday that the list would be released once President Cyril Ramaphosa proclaimed the elections, scheduled for October 27.

The Independen­t Electoral Commission recently appointed former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke to conduct an independen­t review of what constitute­d “free and fair elections” under Covid-19 conditions, following calls for the polls to be postponed.

In a memorandum dated 5 July, DA federal council chairperso­n Helen Zille told party leaders that the federal executive had noted the risks that the party was facing “in a premature announceme­nt of its candidates” for the local polls.

The party resolved “that our municipal lists of candidates for wards and proportion­al representa­tion will be released simultaneo­usly with the formal proclamati­on of the election”.

“The DA will announce, at times and places to be strategica­lly determined, other mayoral candidates where we intend to mount specific mayoral campaigns in the run-up to the election. Communicat­ion to this effect is circulated to all structures of the party,” she said.

This came as concerns deepened in the party that the organisati­on was likely to continue losing support in the wake of the departure of many senior black leaders. The DA continued to bleed support in the November and the recent by-elections.

The party last month defended a list of election managers that was predominan­tly white, in the wake of criticism that it lacked diversity and fears it would cost the official opposition votes.

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Zille says the party’s federal executive has noted the risks that the official opposition was facing ‘in a premature announceme­nt of its candidates’ for the local polls.
DA federal council chairperso­n Helen Zille says the party’s federal executive has noted the risks that the official opposition was facing ‘in a premature announceme­nt of its candidates’ for the local polls.

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