DA to elect new Western Cape leader tomorrow

The two candidates for the top post are former Police Commissioner Lennit Max and interim leader Bonginkosi Madikizela.

Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape will be electing a new leader on Saturday amid a public spat between its Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and her mayoral committee member JP Smith.

The two candidates for top post are former Police Commissioner Lennit Max and interim leader Bonginkosi Madikizela after mayoral committee member Anda Ntsodo withdrew.

More than 1,000 delegates are expected at the DA provincial congress when they will elect a leader for the next three years.

This year's congress follows the early resignation of de Lille as provincial DA leader in January.

It will be the fourth time Max is running and he believes this time around, his chances are much improved.

“We've got a new generation of delegates who apply their own minds and are not prescribed to by certain people.”

He says he doesn't believe this week's public spat and tension between de Lille and JP Smith will affect tomorrow's outcome.

“Delegates have one thing on their mind and that is to change leadership for the better.”

Max says he will focus on uniting the party ahead of the 2019 elections, especially in rural areas.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)