Mbali Ntuli to grow DA presence in northern KZN

DA Youth Leader Mbali Ntuli has confirmed she will vacate her current position at the end of this month.

Ntuli succeeded Makashule Gana as the party’s youth leader after its federal conference. Picture: Mbali Ntuli Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance ( DA) Youth Leader Mbali Ntuli has confirmed she will vacate her current position at the end of this month to grow the opposition's structures and presence in northern KwaZulu-Natal, a vast rural area on the border of Mozambique.

Ntuli succeeded Makashule Gana as the party's youth leader after its federal conference and has previously publicly disagreed with the party's leader Helen Zille over a planned march to the ANC's headquarters.

The 26-year-old confirmed to Eyewitness News she did not ask to be deployed to the area but felt her duties as youth leader would clash with the new role.

"The DA has absolutely no presence there and no public representatives and I then asked to head that up as a constituency and I just didn't feel that I'd be able to do both jobs considering I'd have to build the DA in that particular area of the world."

The DA's national spokesperson Phumzile van Damme says Ntuli is not being sidelined.

"Mbali is not being sidelined. Mbali is one of our more popular leaders so if there is someone chose to go to an area that has very little DA support, it would be someone who is well known so it's not an issue of there being tensions between her and DA leader Helen Zille."