Zille announced her candidacy against former Nelson Mandela Metro Mayor Athol Trollip and members of the National Assembly, Mike Waters and Thomas Walters.
The election will take place towards the end of October at the Federal Council meeting.
Zille says if she is elected, she will move the party forward and ensure it is ready to successfully compete in the 2021 municipal elections.
Maimane says he will allow the party’s democratic processes to take place and the candidate who wins will ultimately advance the party’s vision of creating one South Africa for all.
“We have four candidates standing for the position. My job is not to pronounce on any of the candidates and I think ultimately we want a candidate who will win and enhance that vision, that’s what is important. It’s not for me to pronounce what happens after she’s won. She has the right to stand. The congress will decide, the council will decide and then we will pronounce on that. I haven’t spoken to Helen Zille – from the last, she was at the Institute of Race Relations,” says Maimane.
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After careful consideration and consultation, I have made myself available as a candidate to chair the DA’s Federal Council. Read more here:https://t.co/jydAZuDjAp
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) October 4, 2019
The following individuals have availed themselves for the position of Chairperson of the Federal Council:
We trust that this will be a constructive period of campaigning and contestation of ideas between the candidates.
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) October 4, 2019