Men dominate the list of DA mayoral candidates
Cape Town – The Western Cape DA has published its full list of candidates for mayor who will run for the various municipalities.
Not everyone is happy with the list as it is dominated by males and mostly white people.
Of the 29 mayoral candidates announced for the province, only eight are women, the rest are men.
Party insiders said current leader John Steenhuisen is working to undo everything former leader Mmusi Maimane has done in trying to make the DA a diverse party.
“As a party we had to try to mix the candidates but (that) didn’t happen,” said a party member.
“People will think that there is no future for black African leaders because they are not given positions, if they get them, they do not last.”
The selection of candidates for mayor of the party is divided into two. There are municipalities that the party qualifies as strategic and not strategic.
All metropolitan municipalities and other winnable municipalities are classified as strategic and a selection jury chooses candidates for them.
“We don’t have a deployment committee, we are not the ANC,” Steenhuisen said.
He said the DA was the most diverse party in the country and was addressing any allegations raised by members.
“We deal with these issues when they arise, they are not swept under the rug voters can be sure of.”
Regarding former Western Cape chief DA Bonginkosi Madikizela, Steenhuisen said he spoke to him and still has a future in the party.
The ANC faces challenges in a number of municipalities where it has failed to register candidates. The Constitutional Court yesterday rejected the urgent request of the Independent Electoral Commission to postpone local elections until next year.
Steenhuisen said they are ready to go to the polls.
“The DA is on track in its preparations. For the first time, we have registered a candidate in every district of the country, our lists are submitted and our deposits paid. Our Metro mayoral candidates have been announced and their campaigns are already underway. We are ready. Bring it on.”
Political analyst professor Amanda Gouws said the DA was backing down.
“They are undoing what Mmusi Maimane did. They say they are appointing competent people who are in turn white men. I expect a low turnout if the ANC fails to register candidates in the municipalities. They missed the registration deadline and IEC is not allowed to reopen registrations.
“We are going to have a local coalition government if the elections take place under the current circumstances,” Gouws said.