Mazibuko not in the running


Former Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko, has denied speculation she is returning to the country as a candidate for the party’s leadership after Helen Zille yesterday announced that she would not stand for re-election at the party’s next elective congress in May.

Mazibuko, who left the party last year to further her studies at Harvard, said she would “make herself available” in due course, but that the time is not yet right.

“I believe that I have much to contribute to the project of building a better country for all our people, and I remain committed to the Democratic Alliance as the only political organisation that can lead South Africa to a prosperous future,” she said in a statement.

Zille’s unexpected announcement has sparked gossip that Mazibuko could return with other candidates reportedly including Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip and current Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, who is rumoured to be the favourite.

The party has since announced that it has extended the deadline for nominations by four days to April 20th


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