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Nelson Mandela Bay's Nqaba Bhanga elected as new DA Eastern Cape Leader

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - MAY 8, 2017
Nelson Mandela Bay's Nqaba Bhanga elected as new DA Eastern Cape Leader

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape hosted its Provincial Congress on Friday and Saturday where it also bade farewell to its long-serving Provincial Leader now Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip.

The congress was held at the East London International Convention Centre, in East London and was attended by hundreds fo delegates DA Federal Leader, Mmusi Maimane.

Speaking to RNEWS, Trollip said that having candidates contest for leadership positions is great sign of democracy and also serves to bring change in the organisation.

“It has been an honour and privilege to have led this incredible party for the past 15 years and now it’s time to bring new members in order for the party to grow,” said Executive Mayor Trollip.

He added that he will continue working with the newly-elected leadership to grow the party in the Eastern Cape and to win the next national elections.

“I will continue working with the newly elected leadership, also work hard on improving Nelson Mandela Bay so that people may see the good work and also refer to it when voting in the next elections,” Trollip described.

“We will work together to win more municipalities especial Metro and also to take over provinces.”

Speaking ahead of the elections for Trollip's successor, Veliswa Mvenya said that it is a commendable for the DA to put forward black leaders as provincial leaders as that will help the party to gain more votes in the next elections especially in the rural areas of the Transkei.

“I grew up in Transkei, and I made sure that DA is alive there. If I win tomorrow, I’ll continue to grow the party and gain people's trust as they have lost faith in the ruling party,” said Mvenya.

“We already have a game plan to win Eastern Cape; President Zuma is busy building the DA and destroying African National Congress, we will remove the ANC,” she said.

Contesting Mveya, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality MMC, Nqaba Banga, echoed her and said that the aim is to grow the party in the province and bring change by creating more jobs in the province.

“Our mission is to reach out to all the people of Eastern Cape and provide better opportunities, contesting the seat will not break the party as we are united with one goal,” he said.

Tributes to Trollip

As part of the Congress proceedings, praises poured in for Trollip for his contirbutions to the party over the past 15 years.

He stepped down to focus on bringing change to Nelson Mandela Bay.

Maimane highlighted how Trollip helped in making sure the party grows in the province.

“I want to thank Mr Trollip for being a team player and also for his sense of capability in uniting the party,” said Maimane.

He added that, he had had showed great leadership in growing the party in the province.

DA Eastern Cape veteran, Bobby Stevenson, also said that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipoality Executive Mayor had showed great leadership over the past years with a strong personality.

“Mr Trollip has been a great asset to the party as he tolerated no mediocre, his leadership is has contributed a lot in achievements of the party,” described Stevenson.

Bhanga elected Trollip's succcessor

On Saturday, the DA in the Eastern Cape announced that Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality MMC for Human Settlements, Nqaba Bhanga, has been elected as Eastern Cape Leader of the Democratic Alliance.

"While the election was a close one, a clear winner emerged by a majority of votes," described Anchen Dreyer MP - Presiding Officer: DA Eastern Cape Congress.

"The vote and the vote count proceeded without a single query, objection or contest, and that is testament to the DA commitment to free and fair elections."

The new DA Eastern Cape Leadership was charged with continuing to create positive change in the Eastern Cape and working to continue growing the DA to provide opportunities to more and more people in this province.

The full complement of newly-elected DA Eastern Cape leadership is:

Provincial Leader: Nqaba Bhanga
2 Deputy Provincial Leaders: Bobby Stevenson and Terence Fritz
Provincial Chairperson: Andrew Whitfield
3 Deputy Provincial Chairpersons: Yusuf Cassim, Kobus Botha and Marshall Von Buchenroder