City councillors Grant Twigg and Angus McKenzie, mayco member for water and sanitation Xanthea Limberg and deputy mayor Ian Neilson are all in the running to take over from De Lille. One of De Lille’s fiercest critics, JP Smith, has taken himself out of the running for De Lille’s post saying he is best suited as a “behind the scenes guy”.
Plato, who was succeeded by De Lille in 2011, said he was approached, but would not be drawn on whether he would accept a nomination.
“I have also seen various names of candidates. There was a strong focus on the premier (Helen Zille) and several other names. Normally the party leadership contacts the relevant person or persons and up until that moment, I am not going to speculate on anything,” Plato said.
Twigg, also chairperson of the DA metro region, said he had been approached by fellow DA members to apply for the position.