Zille: DA finally on a good footing since my return

South Africa

Johannesburg – A year after returning to active politics as the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s federal council chairperson Helen Zille said the party was finally on a good footing.

The DA will hold its first virtual elective conference on Saturday where delegates are expected to choose between interim leader John Steenhuisen and former youth leader Mbali Ntuli to take the party forward.

Zille put her hand up to be counted, going head to head with outgoing Gauteng chairperson Mike Moriarty.

The task to get the DA to where it needs to be is not over for Zille.

She has made herself available to return as federal council chair, saying her election to the position last year allowed for the party to make good progress in moving in the right direction.

Although her views are at odds with many others in the party, she says there were good relations at the party’s head office.

“We have made policies front and centre of our offering; we’ve put an enormous amount work into that and into our legal challenges to the abuse of power and streamlining our own internal systems.”

She also dismissed claims that she is attempting to appeal to the more conservative white voters, alienating both black voters and leaders.

She said no one had transformed the DA more than she did.

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