DA postpones CT mayoral candidate interviews due to panel dispute

The three candidates are current Cape Town Mayor and DA metro chair Dan Plato, Western Cape leader and MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela and MP Geordin Hill-Lewis.

FILE: Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela at the taxi lekgotla in Cape Town on Thursday, 15 October 2020. Picture @MbalulaFikile/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has had to postpone mayoral candidate interviews in Cape Town on Monday.

There's a disagreement around who serves on the selection panel.

The three candidates are current Cape Town Mayor and DA metro chair Dan Plato, Western Cape leader and MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela and MP Geordin Hill-Lewis.

Mayor Plato said he put his name forward because he still had a lot to do for Cape Town.

He said housing, education and health services were top of his agenda.

“Housing will always be a contentious issue, it was a contentious issue for the last couple of years.”

Hill-Lewis said service delivery was on top of his list.

“Particularly in electricity, in public transport and in policing.”

However, the process has hit a snag.

DA spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube said interviews had been postponed over a dispute.

“The nominations of the people who formed part of the regional executive were disputed in terms of who may form part of that selection panel.”

It's unclear when the dispute will be resolved.

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