No contest for Maimane

Cape Town - Mmusi Maimane, the newly sworn-in DA MP and national spokesman, is a shoo-in as DA parliamentary leader as no other nominations had emerged by Monday’s deadline, the DA confirmed.

Mmusi Maimane is a shoo-in as DA parliamentary leader, the party confirmed. File picture: David Ritchie. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

He also announced, on Twitter last week, the chief whip on his ticket, John Steenhuisen, and his choice of caucus chairwoman, Anchen Dreyer, another of the three deputy federal chairs.

Both are unopposed, as is Richard Majola as Dreyer’s deputy.

Elza van Lingen is set for another term as National Council of Provinces DA leader.

Amid a strong call for national leader Helen Zille also to be parliamentary leader, this week she said that for now her decision to remain Western Cape premier was “the least worst one”, given that almost 60 percent of provincial voters supported her as premier, while only 22.21 percent of voters nationally wanted her as president.

“My most important job for the remainder of my tenure as DA leader is to build a strong, vibrant succession pipeline of talented potential leaders (of all races and ages),” Zille said.

“That is what I have been doing since I was elected DA leader in 2007.”

Political Bureau