DA chief strategist leaving SA
The Democratic Alliance's chief strategist will be leaving South Africa for Britain in the next few weeks.
CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s chief strategist Ryan Coetzee will be leaving South Africa in the next few weeks for a new post in Britain.
Coetzee will be working with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
But the DA politician said he will not be leaving the party in the lurch and will remain in contact with its leader Helen Zille.
Coetzee said he was looking forward to a new challenge.
"Obviously I'm quite excited about the new challenge. I will continue to observe South African politics with a keen interest."
He said the DA's strategy was in place.
"The DA has a carefully laid out plan going into the 2014 elections and beyond. Obviously Zille was disappointed (that I am leaving) but she understands."
Coetzee said he was looking forward to working with the Liberal Democrats, who are in power with the Tories for the first time in about 70 years.
"It's a very interesting and difficult time for them and for Britain. So the job is to work out how to navigate the path between where we are now and the next Britain elections in 2015."