DA defends new leadership

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has defended its newly elected leadership, following criticism that it does not reflect South Africa’s demographics and that it is male dominated.

The DA has announced its Federal leadership which saw Refiloe Ntseke being one of the Deputy Chairs in Pretoria earlier on Sunday.

However, Ntseke says she is not bothered by being one female among men because the DA delegates saw what she is made of and they believe she will push forward the agenda of the official opposition party.

“I’m very comfortable that I’m chosen by blacks, whites, coloureds and Indians as one of the leaders of the organisation. So I’m not particularly worried that I am the black female because, the people who have elected me – for white people to say, I believe you are competent and I want you to serve again, coloured people saying the same, Indian people saying the same thing and my fellow black colleagues – it’s an honour.”

Meanwhile, re-elected DA leader Mmusi Maimane has defended the congress decision which saw a top leadership made up mostly of men. He says in the provinces, there has been a number of women who are elected into leadership positions.

“So make no mistake – I have a genuine interest of making sure we’ve got women in all our structures and I think we can’t be quickly dismissive of the fact that in provinces we’ve also seen the election of great female leaders.”

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