DA hoping to hold elective conference before 2021

Helen Zille says the DA is hoping lockdown restrictions will have eased enough for the party to hold its elective conference by October.

DA hoping to hold elective conference before 2021

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is looking to hold its elective conference before the end of the year, according to Federal Council Chairperson Helen Zille.

The party was set to elect its leaders in April, but that did not happen due to social distancing restrictions brought on by the global pandemic.

DA in race against time

With municipal elections set to take place in 2021, Zille says its imperative that the DA go in with elected leadership.

“If we are going to have an election next year we better be ready for it and no party I know of anywhere in the world without a properly elected leadership and mandated leadership. You can’t go into an election with an interim leader who hasn’t got the mandate of the party. So we need to have that in place and we need to make it happen and fortunately, the tools are there to make it possible,” she is quoted by .

Helen Zille, Federal Council Chairperson

Ushering in a new era

The DA is currently led by former chief whip John Steenhuisen, who assumed the hot seat, following the resignation of Mmusi Maimane in October 2019.

The 44-year-old will be in the running for the permanent seat, along with KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislation member Mbali Ntuli and Gauteng counterpart John Moodey.

Zille hopes that the conference will be able to get underway by October, when lockdown restrictions will hopefully be eased to allow cross-provincial travel.

“That will allow us to have decentralised venues across the country to which people who battle with the technology could come and could get access to technology and training to use that technology in order to not be at any disadvantage at all in the processes of the congress,” she said.

Helen Zille, DA Federal Council Chairperson

With technology expected to be central to the proceedings, Zille says it should not require too much adjustment from the members of the party.

“So we are now in the new world, we are now thrust into the fourth industrial revolution. We were not allowed to go into it gradually. This virus has thrust us right into it and we are going to have to make use of everything we can offer if we are going to continue working in the context of a very serious pandemic.”

Helen Zille, DA Federal Council Chairperson
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LA Coroner rules Kobe Bryant helicopter crash death accidental

Pilot Ara Zobayan was taking Kobe Bryant, his daughter and six others to a youth tournament when the chopper slammed into the mountains west of Los Angeles, killing all nine on board instantly.

LA Coroner rules Kobe Bryant helicopter crash death accidental

The pilot of the helicopter that crashed while carrying Kobe Bryant and his daughter to a basketball tournament in California did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, according to the autopsy report released on Friday.

Pilot Ara Zobayan was taking the Bryants and six others to a youth tournament when the chopper slammed into the mountains west of Los Angeles, killing all nine on board instantly.

No drugs or alcohol in pilot’s system

“Toxicological testing did not detect the presence of alcohol or drugs of abuse,” the Los Angeles County coroner’s report said.  

The clinical report described the carnage at the 26 January crash scene and said that all the victims died of blunt force trauma. The manner of death for each was listed as accidental.


The investigation showed the helicopter was travelling at 296 kilometres per hour (184 mph) when it crashed into the hillside after running into heavy fog and cloud cover. Police said the helicopter plunged several hundred feet before impact. 

The report said the 41-year-old Bryant had injuries to nearly his entire body. 

“These injuries are rapidly if not instantly fatal,” a medical examiner wrote of Bryant. 

His 13-year-old daughter Gianna also died in the crash. 

Bryant did not have any drugs in his system except Ritalin — a drug typically used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity and narcolepsy. 

Also dying in the crash were two youth basketball teammates of Gianna Bryant: 14-year-old Alyssa Altobelli and 13-year-old Payton Chester.

Others who perished were Altobelli’s parents John and Keri, Chester’s mother Sarah and basketball coach Christina Mauser.Vanessa Bryant, the basketball star’s widow, previously filed a wrongful death lawsuit against helicopter operator Island Express.

Kobe Bryant won five NBA championships for the Los Angeles Lakers during 20 NBA seasons. He was the NBA’s most valuable player in 2007-08, a 15-time all-NBA selection, and an 18-time all-star. Bryant was twice named MVP of the NBA finals and was the all-star game MVP four times.

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