Delegates ready to vote for new DA provincial leader

Patricia de Lille goes head-to-head with former Provincial Police Commissioner, Lennit Max.

Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille, will go head to head with former Provincial Police Commissioner, Lennit Max, for the position of DA provincial leader on 18 April 2015. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is preparing for its Western Cape Congress to take the party forward.

More than 1,000 delegates from across the province are expected to cast their votes for a new party leader in Goodwood today.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille will go head to head with former Provincial Police Commissioner, Lennit Max, for the position of provincial leader.

The His People Church will play host to a battle between two highly respected leaders within the official opposition party.

At the same time, Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane has confirmed he will be putting his name forward to lead the party.

This follows Helen Zille's announcement last Sunday that she will not be standing for another term at the helm of the party.

The mood is tense ahead of today's event, with delegates wearing the party's blue and white at the already packed venue.

Delegates from across the province are in attendance, to vote for new provincial leaders.

The programme includes an address from Maimane.

De Lille says she's done all she can over the last few months, to sway the votes in her favour.

"I have put in a lot of effort and time and energy, in preparation."

Max, who's had unsuccessful attempts for the same position in 2007 and 2010, remains upbeat.

"I worked very hard over the past three months and I feel very positive that I'll be victorious."