DA chooses mayoral candidates for key battlefield metros


Through Samkelo Mtshali Post publication time 1h ago

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Johannesburg – As local elections approach, the DA has chosen its candidates for the top posts in the subways, which will become the main ballot battlegrounds in the coming months.

The official opposition met in Johannesburg on Saturday where they decided who would challenge mayor positions in Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Nelson Mandela Bay and Cape Town.

Party MP Geordin Hill-Lewis is set to become the party’s preferred choice for the mayor of Cape Town.

The party aims to retain the city of Cape Town and Hill-Lewis, who is currently the party spokesperson for finance and currently sits on Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance, was seen as the ideal man to lead the city after the local elections. .

DA Federal President Ivan Meyer said the party will officially announce the mayoral candidates for the upcoming local elections on Sunday in several major cities in South Africa.

“These are tips that we see as major election battlegrounds.”

DA leader John Steenhuisen will announce the candidates who will campaign for election as head of these key local governments over the next five years, to get things done for residents.

“This announcement follows an extensive candidate selection process that spanned almost two years that included rigorous candidate testing, independent assessments and multiple layers of candidate interviews,” said Meyer.

Among the subways targeted by the DA is the town of Tshwane which it will also seek to retain as it currently governs the city while also seeking to gain power in the city of Johannesburg and the city of Ekurhuleni.

Party sources told Tshwane that the DA has chosen Randall Williams as their mayoral candidate as they seek stability in Tshwane’s post as mayor in the new term following the resignation of Solly Msimango in February 2019 and that of his successor Stevens Mokgalapa exactly one year later, in February 2020. Williams is the current mayor of Tshwane.

In Johannesburg, the DA appointed Dr Mpho Phalatse, a former member of the municipal health committee under former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba.

In Ekurhuleni, the party chose Refilwe Ntsekhe as its preferred candidate and wants to conquer this metropolitan municipality of the ruling ANC of which Mzwandile Masina is currently mayor.

In Nelson Mandela Bay, the prosecutor wants Nqaba Bhanga to continue serving there and has been in charge for several months now. He is a candidate for mayor of this city.

The DA did not field a mayoral candidate for eThekwini municipality, with a high-ranking party member in the province saying this probably because the party realized it had no prospects of success.

“They are looking at strategic municipalities and they don’t see the prospects that they could possibly gain eThekwini. These guys are now focusing on minorities and looking at their campaign obviously they’re not ready to look to the majority so you can’t win eThekwini, ”a party member said.

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