UPDATE: Bonginkosi Madikizela elected DA Western Cape leader

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CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has elected Bonginkosi Madikizela as the party's Western Cape leader. 

Anton Bredel was elected provincial chairperson. 

Madikizela said the party needs to gain the trust of voters and change negative perceptions.

“On one hand, many of our loyal supporters feel that they are being taken for granted and disillusioned. Because one of our current project is to grow in the new constituencies and take the fight to the opposition areas. But that must not be done at the expense of our loyal supporters. On the other hand, where we want to grow it’s been difficult for us to do that because of trust issues. We need to make sure that we build trust, given the fact that we are a party that brings together different backgrounds. Of course there is a propaganda from oppositions about how this party is viewed and that resonates with some of the people”.

The Democratic Alliance's Western Cape Provincial Conference kicked off on Saturday.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and Western Cape premier Helen Zille were not present.

De Lille has been suspended while Zille is attending a wedding.

READ: Zille, De Lille to miss DA provincial conference

This means the two won't be casting their votes.

Two candidates were gunning for the provincial leadership post.

Interim leader Bonginkosi Madikizela went up against the province's former police commissioner, Lennit Max.