Meet the 3 men lining up to take over from Zille
As her enforced departure looms, becoming Western Cape premier is a tempting prospect
Three senior members of Western Cape premier Helen Zille’s cabinet have lined up to succeed her when she steps down next year.Western Cape DA leader and human settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela, finance MEC Ivan Meyer and economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde are expected to raise their hands when the nominations process opens up next week.Zille is currently completing her second term as premier and cannot serve for a third term according to the constitution.Winde, who is said to enjoy the support of influential figures in the DA, this week confirmed he would enter the leadership contest.“I am sure I will put my hat in the ring ... I think our government has come a long way in the past 10 years and I have been doing the same job for the last 10 years. I think I need to do a different job now, so yeah I will put my hat in the ring,” said Winde.Madikizela said he had discussed the possibility of his joining the race with some people in the party.“I think I am that person because I strongly believe it must be a premier who really can identify with a number of issues that we are facing, and particularly social ills. [And a person] who can speak the language, now when I mean language, I don’t mean literally ... the language of people who are left out,” he said.“Remember we keep on saying ‘our fight as the Democratic Alliance, we are fighting for those many people who are left out’ and I think you would need someone who understands those realities,” added Madikizela.Meyer said since his re-election as deputy chairperson at the DA’s national conference, he had been considering applying for the post.
“I will first consult my father and family before finally deciding to run for premier as I value their inputs in all career decisions I take,” said Meyer.He said he had not yet consulted structures of the party as he was busy managing the provincial budget and running the DA’s campaign.
Asked about his other potential challengers, Meyer said it would be a good thing if there were several candidates.“We don’t anoint leaders, we appoint people based on ‘fit for purpose’ so people must run on the basis of their fitness ... anybody in this race who is anointed, will not succeed,” he added.