Zille confirms she won’t step down

The DA leader has dismissed reports that she will step down in 2014.

The DA leader has dismissed reports that she will step down in 2014. Picture: Niki McQueen via www.da.org.za

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille on Monday refuted reports she was considering stepping down after next year's elections.

Weekend reports suggested the Western Cape premier would not put herself forward to lead the opposition party.

It has been suggested that DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and spokesperson Mmusi Maimane have been pitted against each other in a succession battle.

But the 62-year-old says this is totally untrue.

"I can confirm that I will be standing as the Western Cape premier candidate again and I can also confirm that after next year's election, I will not be resigning as the DA leader. So that takes away the premise of the speculation."

Earlier today, Western Cape leader Ivan Meyer also dismissed the claims as "pure rumour".

He said Zille is focused on the elections.

"I think it's premature to comment on 2014 and 2015. Zille's first goal is to win the Western Cape, to win Gauteng and then to win the Northern Cape. The focus will be on the election and not on the individuals."