Mayoral hopeful Patricia de Lille doesn’t need to campaign or garner support in her bid to become the DA mayoral candidate, according to close confidant and fellow ID leader Joe Mcgluwa.
This was seen as a further sign that the party would most probably vote De Lille in as its candidate when it decides on Sunday.
Mcgluwa made the statement as the DA prepared for Sunday’s crucial meeting when the 30-member Electoral College will vote on who should be the party’s next mayoral candidate.
The Cape Times has obtained a list of panel members, which features names like party leader Helen Zille, federal chairperson Wilmot James, provincial leader Theuns Botha, MP and party spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko, parliamentary leader Athol Trollip, Western Cape Legislature Deputy Speaker Richard Majola and MECs Albert Fritz and Anton Bredell.
Asked why he was the only ID member of the 30-member panel, Mcgluwa said this was irrelevant as he and De Lille were both on the party’s federal executive and both hold dual membership.
“Myself and Patricia are in the federal executive. So they elect 10 people from the federal executive,” Mcgluwa said.
He said mayoral candidates in other provinces like KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape would also be finalised soon. “But by Sunday we will definitely know who will be the mayoral candidate,” Mcgluwa said.
Asked why De Lille and some of the other candidates had not campaigned widely, Mcgluwa said that wouldn’t be necessary for De Lille.
“Patricia de Lille will never lobby … she is completely aware of her capabilities,” Mcgluwa said.
One senior party member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he wasn’t surprised at De Lille’s decision not to campaign.
“They’re so confident because Helen (Zille) is backing her,” he said.
He added, however, that it was anyone’s race and incumbent mayor Dan Plato and mayoral committee members Shehaam Sims and Grant Pascoe were still in with a chance.
“They (electoral college) will not be dictated to,” the member said.
Meanwhile, the ANC is still busy finalising its mayoral candidacy process, following the announcement by Cosatu earlier this week that its provincial secretary, Tony Ehrenreich, had been put forward as a candidate.
ANC regional elections co-ordinator Mandla Qwane said the Cape Town Metro candidates for all 111 wards had been identified.
“That’s what we’ve done for each and every ward. At the level of the province, we have finalised the process and made recommendations. This weekend, national will be looking at all the names,” Qwane said.
On the mayoral candidates, he said only those who appear on the PR list could be considered. He couldn’t confirm whether Ehrenreich appeared on this list.
“We are still dealing with the PR list. The ANC has not made a pronunciation on Ehrenreich and I can’t confirm if Tony is on the list. It’s not finalised yet,” Qwane said.