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Zille: Anyone is free to run against me

DA leader Helen Zille brushed off reports that she will most likely head to next year's congress unopposed.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille has refuted claims that no one in the party has the guts to contest for her position in the upcoming national congress next year.

Yesterday Zille addressed the Gauteng DA's elective congress in Boksburg where John Moodey was retained as leader and Solly Msimanga was elected chairperson.

Moodey has been at the helm of the the party since 2004 and this year he oversaw their most significant gains in the province during the national elections.

The congress is finalising the DA's plans for the 2016 local government polls where it expects to win control of the cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane.

The DA leader welcomed contestation for the position of Gauteng DA leader and says it helps strengthen democracy.

But she's brushed off reports that she will most likely head to next year's congress unopposed.

"No leader in the party is incontestable and I've fought many elections in my life and I have lost several, anybody is free to stand against me."

Zille also says that the party does not purge candidates that lose elections for leadership and that the skills of yesterday's losing candidate, Refileo Ntsekhe, will be utilised.

Meanwhile, Last month the provincial African National Congress leadership announced its already started campaigning but the the opposition party says the blue tide is turning.

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