SECUNDA – The Democratic Alliance successfully elected its news leaders during their seventh Mpumalanga Provincial Congress held at Graceland Casino on Saturday, 2 March.
Ms Jane Sithole was elected unopposed as the provincial leader, Ms Trudie Grove-Morgan as the deputy provincial leader, Mr Bosman Grobler as the provincial chairman, Mr Thembha Mlotshwa as the deputy chairman, Ms Palesa Mobango as chairman of the DA Youth, Mr Kuzwakele Mdau as the deputy chairman of the DA Youth, Ms Linky Shongwe as the chairman of the DA Youth, Ms Annerie Weber as the DA Women’s Network chairman and Ms Elsie van Douwe as the deputy chairman of the DA Women’s Network.
Ms Merriam Moselane, Ms Sibongile Mathebula and Ms Susan Mathebula are additional members of the Women’s Network. Ms Sithole congratulated the newly elected leadership.
“The task that lies ahead of us is big and it requires all of us to work together, hand in hand, side by side, as we chart the way forward. Mpumalanga is a rural province, but the ANC’s decline at the polls signals hope that it is indeed possible to secure an increased share of the vote come 2019. We will change the political landscape through hard work and determination. We will intensify our efforts on the ground, we will reach each and every corner of our province, street by street, house to house, door to door, as we continue to engage more and more residents of our beautiful province.”
Ms Sithole said she was humbled by the opportunity to serve as leader of the official opposition in Mpumalanga and believes that the entire leadership team elected will do the same.
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She said come 2019, DA Mpumalanga is ready to roll up their sleeves and bring about a total change in the province.
Mr Mmusi Maimane, party leader, encouraged the democrats to unite and take the party to new heights.
He said the party will fight to ensure that white farmers’ rights are protected.
Towards the end of the congress, the party paid tribute to the outgoing provincial leader, Mr James Masango.
Delivering his speech, Mr Masango reflected back on when he joined the DA and was nominated as the provincial leader.
“Thank you everybody who supported me during my time, let us all rally behind the newly elected leadership. Our country is in a crisis. We are relieved that Mr David Mabuza has departed as the premier. He held our beautiful province ransom. We are however concerned about his position as the deputy president of the country. What does his appointment mean to South Africans? Our people will continue to live under bad conditions.”
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