Zille: I have no interest in DA leadership

By Doug Mattushek - 07 October 2019Views : 548


Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille turned a few heads when she announced she wants to come back to the party on Friday.

Zille revealed she will be contesting the executive chairperson of the federal council postion currently held by James Selfe. On eNCA’s morning show hosted by Jane Dutton, Zille said she only wanted to help and was not eager to sew divisions.

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In recent months, it has been clear that party leader Mmusi Maimane, who Zille has had disagreements with in the past, is under pressure to keep his position following a less than inspiring performance at the polls in the general election.

"I think it is suffering very much at the moment," said Zille of the DA on eNCA.

"It has been through a tumultuous and traumatic period. It's a party I invested my whole life in. South Africa's democracy depends on the DA succeeding and I would like to put every effort I can into it again."

"My job as federal chairperson - if I am elected - would not be to start acting outside of my mandate and manipulating processes. On the contrary, the job is to make sure the processes work smoothly, freely and fairly."

The federal council postion is an internal one and has nothing to do with rallying voter support for the party, as Zille confirmed. 

"I'm not in the least bit interested in the DA leadership," she added.