Zille to 'realign' SA politics

DA leader Helen Zille is determined to bring changes to SA’s political landscape.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The leader of the Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille on Thursday said the next two years will see significant changes in the run-up to the elections.

But, Zille said all South Africans will need to decide where they stand.

Zille was addressing the Cape Town Press Club and said she plans to stand for re -election as leader of the opposition party at it's national conference in November.

She believes people of the same values from different political parties need to come together to create a new majority.

Zille said the contest for South Africa's future is between populists who offer simplistic solutions and constitutionalists.

"The dividing line runs right through the middle of the ANC and this is what paralyses the ruling party and makes it incapable of implementing plans such as the national development plan."

She said if people remained divided, the dream of a rainbow nation will never be realised.

But, she's determined to continue advancing the realignment of South African politics.

"Political parties of the past and the present have become part of people's identities, and it's hard to give up your identity for something new, but the price for doing so will reap very rich rewards for the country."