Zille ‘not stepping down’

The DA leader is focused on the elections despite reports that she may step down.

DA leader Helen Zille casts her vote in the local government elections in Rondebosch, Cape Town on 18 May 2011. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader Ivan Meyer has dismissed claims Helen Zille will step down as the party's head as mere rumours.

It's been reported DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and the party's national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane have been pitted against each other in a succession battle to replace Zille after next year's elections.

But Meyer says Zille is focused on the elections.

"I think it's premature to comment on 2014 and 2015. Helen 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."