Sunday, May 08, 2022

DA in the Western Cape elects interim provincial leader and interim provincial deputy leader

The DA in the Western Cape has elected an interim provincial leader and interim provincial deputy leader, during its provincial council, on Saturday.

Tertuis Simmers, also the provincial Infrastructure MEC, stood unopposed for the position of interim provincial leader, while the City of Cape Town's Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, was elected as interim deputy provincial leader.

Simmers was officially elected DA interim provincial leader in April, following the resignation of Albert Fritz earlier this year on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Also competing on the Deputy Leader ballot was Megann Goedeman, Wendy Philander and Antionette Steyn.

‘’We would like to thank them for taking part in what is fundamental to our democratic processes and we appreciate that you campaigned fairly and in good spirit,’’ said Jaco Londt, DA Provincial Chairperson.

‘’The DA in the Western Cape has a proven track record of better service delivery and the announcement made earlier this week, that members of the Patriotic Alliance moved over to the DA, is testament to the trust people have in the way we govern,’’ added Londt

The newly elected leadership now have the responsibility to ensure that all structures in the party are geared towards spreading the message of our proven successes, not only in our province, but to communities in the rest of the country as well.

The opposition party aims is to retain the Western Cape.

‘’…and continue to be the DA’s flagship of good governance, and ultimately contribute to bringing the ANC below 50% in the next National and Provincial Elections in 2024,’’ said Londt.

‘’The DA in the Western Cape wishes to congratulate Tertuis and JP on their election today. We are confident that today brings a new beginning for the DA in the Western Cape and that our new leadership will take the party from strength to strength,’’ added Londt.

 

SCREENSHOT - DA Western Cape: 
Tertuis Simmers, interim provincial leader, congratulates the City of Cape Town's Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, on being elected as interim deputy provincial leader.

Done By: Mitchum George

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