Cape Town – Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille announced on Sunday that she would be stepping down from the position next month but would remain premier of the Western Cape until her term ends in 2019.
“I won’t be available for re-election,” Zille told a media briefing in Johannesburg.
The DA is due to hold its elective conference next month.
She added: “This decision has been a long time coming, but I decided on it when the time was right.”
‘It goes without saying that I intend to complete my second term as Premier of the Western Cape, to which I was elected in May last year. This term is due to end in mid-2019.”
Zille, who has been party leader since May 2007, said she took the decision last Thursday, mainly because she believed the party would benefit from a fresh leadership team.
”The overriding reason has been what I believe are the interests of the DA.