Zille to stand for re-election

Helen Zille made the announcement while addressing the Cape Town Press Club.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille on Thursday said she would stand for re-election as leader of the opposition in November.

She was addressing the Cape Town Press Club on the need for political change in South Africa.

Zille said the country is in a race against time and that all South Africans need to decide where they stand politically.

She said change can only happen at the ballot box.

But she is worried that existing political parties are keeping people apart.

She fears such divisions may shatter the dream of a rainbow nation.

Zille said the DA's decision to work together with the Independent Democrats (ID) has started a process of political realignment.

She said it is time for people to come together and create a new majority.

Meanwhile, there has been speculation that some DA members plan to remove Zille in November.

DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip has been mentioned as someone who could possibly challenge her for the top job.

In 2007, Zille defeated Trollip to become the DA leader.