“Alan has a mandate to win this province again, and to fly the flag of excellent DA government here for years to come”, said DA leader Mmusi Maimane
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that Alan Winde is the candidate for premier of the Western Cape.
Winde, currently serving in the province as the MEC for agriculture, economic development and tourism, has been a member of the provincial legislature for nearly two decades.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Winde would help speed up service delivery.
“In announcing our candidate today, I have no doubt that we have chosen someone who is equal to the task of building on the successes of the past ten years, and speeding up delivery so that we can improve the lives of all the people of the Western Cape”, Maimane said.
The party was due to announce the candidate on Sunday, but in an unexpected move, Maimane decided to nominate himself.
This left senior party members stunned, including DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela.
It had also put a spanner in the works, as far as the process is concerned. According to the DA’s constitution, Maimane is automatically at the top of the list for any position as he is party leader.
The party announced on Tuesday, 18 September 2018, that Maimane had declined the nomination.
Maimane has expressed his full support of the candidate, who will take over from Helen Zille.
“He has the full support of the DA’s national leadership team, his fellow candidates, and the provincial leadership team in this province. Our colleague, Bonginkosi Madikizela, was also a candidate for the position, and is the provincial leader of the Western Cape. He has pledged his unequivocal support to Alan, and his graciousness is a testament to his calibre as a leader, and to the strength of the DA’s processes”, Maimane said.