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New DA WC leader aims to win back voters’ support

Bonginkosi Madikizela says much work now lies ahead in areas where the party has lost support.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela. Picture: @Our_DA/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela says much work now lies ahead in areas where the party has lost support.

Madikizela has been made permanent in the position he's been acting in since Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille quit earlier this year.

Madikizela has kicked dust in Lennit Max’s eyes, who has been gunning for the position for a fourth time.

At least 992 delegates registered for the party's provincial elective congress held in Goodwood just outside the Mother City on Saturday.

Not even a brief power supply interruption at the DA congress' main venue could dampen the delegates’ upbeat mood.

Loud cheers coincided with the announcement that Madikizela will now permanently take over the reins as provincial party leader.

He says concerted efforts will be made to regain traction in wards that have been lost to the African National Congress (ANC).

“There are many DA supporters who are starting to feel disillusioned. We must ensure that our supporters feel valued again. We need to also build our support structures.”

The ANC retained two seats during by-elections in the Eastern Cape and Free State in August.

In the Western Cape, the ANC, with a 53.9% vote, also snatched Ward 5 in the Bergrivier Municipality from the DA.

TIME FOR CHANGE

DA leader Mmusi Maimane addressed delegates during his keynote address and called for change in South Africa.

He also reminded leaders in the organisation to leave their egos at the door.

Maimane urged delegates to put aside their considerations and loyalties, and think only of the millions of South Africans when voting.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)