Mazibuko will not run for DA leadership

Helen Zille and Lidiwe Mazibuko

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CAPE TOWN - Former Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko on Monday said she would not contest the party leadership next month.

A day after Helen Zille announced she is stepping down as party leader in May, Mazibuko said from the United States that she did not believe the time was right for her to return to a leadership position in the party.

“I wish to clarify that I will not be making myself available for election to any leadership post at the DA’s 2015 congress. Rather, I will be watching and supporting my friends, colleagues and fellow democrats from across the Atlantic.”

Mazibuko has been studying at Harvard after she quit as parliamentary leader on May 11 last year.

At the time, she said her decision to leave had nothing to do with differences in the party, and indicated that it was temporary.

“I remain deeply and fundamentally committed to my country, South Africa, and to a life of public service,” she said on Monday.

“I believe that I have much to contribute to the project of building a better country for all our people, and I remain committed to the Democratic Alliance as the only political organisation that can lead South Africa to a prosperous future.

“When the time is right, I will make myself available for whichever position I believe will enable me to best make a contribution towards building a better South Africa. That time, however, is not now.”

Commentators and party insiders have tipped Mmusi Maimane, her successor as parliamentary leader, as the clear frontrunner for the top post.

The DA federal executive on Monday confirmed that it has extended the deadline for nominations by four days to April 24 to give potential candidates more time to make decisions. The DA federal congress is scheduled for May 9.

It is understood that Mazibuko’s academic term at Harvard runs until the end of May.

At the time of her departure, reports said her relationship with Zille had soured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindiwe Mazibuko Statement