De Lille joins provincial DA leadership battle

Patricia De Lille

Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille on the red carpet outside parliament for the State of the Nation Address on February 14.

JOHANNESBURG - Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille announced on Monday that she would be standing for the position of Democratic Alliance leader in the Western Cape.

"I am pleased to announce that I&39;m standing to be leader of the DA in the Western Cape," she wrote on social networking site Twitter.

"I&39;m standing with Anton Bredell as the nominee for chairperson, and Bonginkosi Madikizela as nominee for deputy leader."

The DA in the province is expected to hold its elective conference next month.

The province was currently led by Ivan Meyer, who will reportedly stand for a second term.

De Lille, who was a former Pan Africanist Congress MP, formed her own political party in 2003 called the Independent Democrats.

Seven years later, in 2010, the ID merged with the DA and De Lille took dual membership. Her party was finally dissolved in May last year.

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