John Moodey re-elected as DA Gauteng leader
Moodey has been at the helm of the DA since 2004 and this year he oversaw their most significant gains.
JOHANNESBURG - John Moodey has been re-elected as the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Gauteng leader, defeating provincial legislature member Refiloe Ntsekhe in an election at the party's congress underway in Boksburg.
Moodey has been at the helm of the DA since 2004 and this year he oversaw their most significant gains in the province during the national elections.
Ntsekhe campaigned for a fresh approach to winning votes in elections and the development of the party's lowest structures.
Moodey told delegates to vote for him because he's tried and tested and wants to keep the DA strong.
"We now have strong ward-based activist structures and thus we can now change our approach and look at a bottom up approach in our party.
"The 2016 election strategy is indeed based upon local campaigns."
Several regional chairpersons in Gauteng had already publicly backed Moodey before the congress and last year's election results made him the favourite.
The losing candidate Ntsekhe will remain a member of the provincial legislature.
Soli Msimangu was elected Gauteng chairperson unopposed while Michelle Clark was elected as his deputy.
ZILLE FORESEES DIRTY TRICKS
DA leader Helen Zille says she expects her party to win control of at least two metro municipalities in Gauteng in 2016 and the country's politics to descend even further into chaos until after the 2016 local government elections.
Last month the provincial ANC leadership announced its already started campaigning but the DA says the blue tide is turning.
Zille says the ANC's drop in support in Tshwane to 49 percent and in Johannesburg to 52 percent means the DA stands a fighting chance.
She also says she expects the ANC to use dirty tricks in the run up to the polls.
"The more they face the challenge the more vicious they will become towards its opponents. I foresee dirty tricks, the race card being played every single day, but that is having less and less traction. South Africans are growing beyond that."
The party's Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane who was also candidate for Gauteng Premier during the national elections in May this year called on delegates to accept the outcome of a vote for leadership and to remain focused on the local government elections in two years' time.
"This congress is bigger than any individual, unlike other parties, when you go to their congress you have to take a sjambok or a panga. In the DA we vote and once we've finished voting we accept the outcome because we know that the work ahead of us is far greater."