Cape Town mayor Dan Plato.  Photo: Ayanda Ndamane
Cape Town mayor Dan Plato. Photo: Ayanda Ndamane
Western Cape acting premier Patricia de Lille was booed and shown "hand signals" while making a Human Rights Day speech at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town. Photo: Independent Newspapers
Western Cape acting premier Patricia de Lille was booed and shown "hand signals" while making a Human Rights Day speech at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town. Photo: Independent Newspapers
Shehaam Sims.
Shehaam Sims.

IT’s D-DAY for the four people hoping to be selected as the DA’s mayoral candidate.

A special party electoral college will convene this evening to nominate the party’s official mayoral candidate for the City of Cape Town.

They are incumbent Dan Plato, mayoral committee member for social development Grant Pascoe, his colleague on the mayoral committee responsible for housing, Shehaam Sims, and ID leader Patricia De Lille.

The four will have to answer to a 32-member electoral college. Each will appear before the panel made up of 10 members of the party’s federal executive, five members of the regional executive, five provincial executive members, and 10 members elected by the electoral colleges in the Cape metro.

The other two members are provincial party leader Theuns Botha and national leader Helen Zille.

The chairman of the DA’s federal council, James Selfe, said proceedings would start with a briefing and orientation at 5pm, after which the candidates would be interviewed individually.

The panel would vote after that.

He said if a single candidate had an outright majority that person would be elected, but if there was a tie in the first round, there would be a second round of voting.

Subject to any appeals, there should be a result by late tonight.

Selfe said on a national level the party’s federal executive would meet on Tuesday in Joburg to review the DA’s candidate lists from across the country.

By Wednesday communities in South Africa would know which DA candidates would stand for the upcoming local government elections in their area on May 18. - Sunday Argus

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