To some, the unexpected move is considered an admission that the DA will not win the 2019 elections.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is not denying reports that leader Mmusi Maimane nominated himself to replace Helen Zille as Western Cape Premier.
This reportedly resulted in the DA having to postpone a press briefing meant for Sunday, 16 September 2018, in which they would announce an official candidate.
Senior party members were left stunned when Maimane put his name forward.
According to reports, the following individuals were in the running; Western Cape economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde, DA MP David Maynier and DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela.
The move puts 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.
Maimane’s spokesperson, Portia Adams, confirmed that he had nominated himself but that a final decision was yet to be made on the matter.
“Yes, the DA federal leader, Mr Maimane, is discussing it. His key consideration is what is best for the DA and for the residents of the Western Cape. He is still considering the matter and is in extensive discussions with party structures.
“There are a number of outstanding possible local candidates for this role, and he has reached no final decision as yet. The party’s priority is to ensure that we continue building on the gains of the past decade of government,” Adams said.