DA veteran gets WC premier candidacy

Western Cape minister of economic opportunities, Alan Winde. Source: Shanduku Black Umbrellas

The Democratic Alliance’s MEC for economic opportunities in the Western Cape, Alan Winde, has emerged as the party’s candidate to replace Helen Zille as the province’s premier after next year’s national elections.

The announcement comes shortly after DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced that he would not be running for the position following earlier expressions he made about his interest in the position.

The party was expected to announce its chosen candidate on Sunday but the Federal Executive Council (FedEx) delayed the announcement after news surfaced about Maimane’s possible candidacy.

Several other front-runners were in the offing, particularly shadow finance minister David Maynier and the DA’s Western Cape leader, Bonginkosi Madikizela.

Although Madikizela was a strong shoe-in for the position, he appeared to have sabotaged his candidacy by criticising Maimane’s candidacy ambitions.

Delays in announcing its preferred candidate finally culminated in the FedEx announcing late Tuesday evening that Winde, a veteran politician, has cracked the nod.

Maimane formally ended behind-the-scenes vacillation over the candidacy when he announced Winde’s candidacy earlier today, saying “I congratulate Alan on his election as our candidate through a rigorous internal process”.

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