Bonginkosi Madikizela File picture: Michael Walker/Independent Media

Cape Town – MEC for Human Settlement Bonginkosi Madikizela has been elected as the interim leader for the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape.

Mandikizela was announced as the new leader at the party’s Provincial Council Meeting held in Worcester earlier on Saturday.

Madikizela replaces City of Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille as leader of the party in the province following De Lille’s resignation last month.

Having run against former Western Cape Police Commissioner, Lennit Max, DA Chief Whip for the City of Cape Town, Shaun August, Dr Arelene Adams and David Langeveld, Madizikela came out at the top after 142 delegates cast their votes.

In his speech Madikizela thanked party members for their vote of confidence in his ability to take the party forward and said whatever competition there was between him and the other members ends today as they all strive to growth the party.

“I feel humbled and overwhelmed by the confidence showed and this is the beginning of long journey,” he says.

“I am very proud to be chosen as a leader that will work with all the regions. This was an internal contestation and that ends today. My colleagues and I must put all that behind us and make sure that we are united behind the common goal of growing the party.”

Political Bureau