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DA elects next provincial leader

The Democratic Alliance will name Ivan Meyer as their new WC leader at the CTICC this weekend.

Dr Ivan Meyer.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Cultural Affairs MEC is unchallenged in his bid to gain control of the Democratic Alliance's (DA) top job in the province.

More than 1,000 delegates are expected at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) this weekend, for the DA's provincial elective conference.

Dr Ivan Meyer is expected to be named the DA's next Western Cape leader.

Current provincial leader Theuns Botha said Meyer, who is the son of a former Minister, has earned his stripes behind the scenes.

"Some people say we're electing a leader of colour simply for the sake of colour, but I want to give people the assurance that Ivan Meyer has been chosen for this position on merit. We think he has the ability to deal with our people with passion and compassion."

"We will also use this opportunity to make amendments to the constitution of the party and also use the opportunity to reflect on the vision and strategy for the party ahead. Ivan Meyer is the uncontested provincial leader; I am the uncontested deputy provincial leader."

Stellenbosch Politics professor, Amanda Gouws reckons Meyer is standing unopposed because he fits into the DA's future.

"The DA is going through a process of introspection at the moment about the future of the opposition. It has for a long time been trying to change its profiles, in the sense of having more black and coloured leaders."

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