DA to announce premier candidates

By SOYISO MALITI Time of article published Sep 12, 2018

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The DA is set to announce four premier candidates for as many provinces this week, starting tomorrow. 

After a selecting panel grilled candidates over the last month, DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced today that he would be criss-crossing the country to announce its Kwa-Zulu Natal, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Western Cape candidates.

Maimane will make the Western Cape announcement on Sunday. The candidates for the Western Cape include Kelly Baloyi, 23, a political science graduate from Kraaifontein; Fazloodien Abrahams, an attorney from Mitchells Plain; Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde; DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela; MP David Maynier  and party member Jacobus MacFarlane.

It is expected that Maynier, Madikizela or Winde will be the face of the party when it attempts to retain the province in the 2019 elections. Speaking to the Weekend Argus recently, Winde said:  “I am putting up my hand to help us all find solutions to these problems.”

Madikizela said he fancied his chances because he believes he is someone “who has done a lot for the people of this country and in the province”.

At the time, Maynier said: “I have spent close to 10 years fighting for what is right in national politics, which positions me well to spend the next 10 years fighting to improve the lives of people in the Western Cape.”

The announcements will take place as follows: 

The KwaZulu Natal candidate announcement will take place on Thursday at 10.30 at the Ohlange Institute. Mainmane will travel to Northern Cape to announce his party's candidate at the Batsumi Guesthouse at 11.30 on Friday. 

The Limpopo candidate will be announced on Saturday in Masodi Village, Mokopane in Limpopo, while the Western Cape candidate will be announced at the provincial Parliament. 

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