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.
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