Helen Zille Up To Be Next DA Federal Council Chair






Outgoing Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille

Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has put her name forward to be the party’s next Federal Council chairperson.

Zille made the announcement on Friday, saying that she had submitted the nomination form after ‘careful consideration and consultation’.

She said that she been approached to do so by several senior leaders earlier this week.

The election, to be held in October, will be to replace James Selfe, who is standing down from the position after more than two decades of service.

In a Facebook post, Zille said that in recent months, the DA had been through a period of turmoil and distress.

“As a party, it is important for us to reflect, to introspect and to begin the process of reconnecting with voters. If elected as Chairperson of the Federal Council, my objective will be to support the leadership in its goal of stabilising the party and getting it back on track.

“I love the DA, and the values it represents – freedom, fairness, opportunity and diversity. South Africa cannot succeed unless the DA succeeds. I am prepared to work hard and to play my part in saving our democracy,” Zille said.