Journos could be on DA candidate list

It is believed more journalists could be among those who have made it on to the DA’s candidate list.

FILE: It is believed more journalists could be among those who have made it on to the DA’s candidate list. Picture: Shain Germaner/EWN"

JOHANNESBURG - It is believed more journalists could be among the seven names that have made it on to the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s candidate lists for premier and Members of Parliament (MPs) which have not been disclosed.

In 2013, it was alleged that journalists submitted their names to have a spot on the list to represent the DA in parliament.

Two journalists, who have not made it onto the lists which were released on Saturday, were suspended by their employers.

Added to this, top public prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach has informed her employer of her decision to join the DA.

Seven names on the candidate list are listed only as 'confidential candidate'.

DA leader Helen Zille says some candidates who made it onto the list walked over from other political parties, but stopped short of saying whether the confidential candidates included journalists.

She did, however, stress that no journalist will be allowed to continue to write for a publication while representing the party in Parliament.

"Membership of a political party is incompatible with certain professions. It is certainly incompatible with many senior positions in, for example, the justice system."

Zille says those confidential candidates will be given time to inform their employers before their names are released ahead of the elections.

Those candidates also now have an option to remove their names from the list.