DA firebrand Mbali Ntuli quits KZN legislature to take up campaign manager post
Her job will be to devise a plan to win more DA support in KwaZulu-Natal
The Democratic Alliance’s KwaZulu-Natal MPL Mbali Ntluli has resigned to take up a senior position in the party’s provincial office.
Ntuli, a former DA youth leader, tendered her resignation at the end of January to become the DA’s provincial director for campaigns and strategy.
Her departure from the legislature comes after a showdown with former DA leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2017 when she liked a Facebook status referring to Zille as a racist.
Her new responsibilities will entail running the party’s campaigns leading up to the upcoming 2019 elections. DA insiders told Times Select she would be tasked to create a strategy to decrease the ANC’s constituency vote to below 50%.
“Her role is to strategise how the DA has to do better in KZN,” a source said.Times Select understands that her deployment to the position had been delayed for a while because there was some opposition to her appointment.
“It has been going backward and forward because people had different views, but she was finally appointed last month,” another source said.
The party’s federal executive chairman, James Selfe, confirmed that Ntuli would immediately take up the position. “Ms Ntuli has become the provincial campaigns director,” Selfe said.
DA KZN provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango said Ntuli would now be the “engine” of the party’s campaign.
“Some did not understand the constituency in rural areas, so we needed someone that will be strategic in KZN, someone that is clear and energetic. So I set down and engaged with her because she knows the constituencies we want to explore, she knows provincial and national politics,” Mncwango said.