The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape welcomes three new nominee Members of the National Assembly, a Member of the Provincial Legislature and a Member of the National Council of Provinces to our ranks.
Following a Federal Executive ratification, these five candidates have proven to be highly driven and competent South Africans willing to serve our constituents in these spheres of government.
The decision wasn’t an easy one for the Selection Panel which was chaired by outgoing Provincial Leader, Athol Trollip.
The competition between the 12, of the initial 558 hopefuls, was extremely competitive and the candidates presented themselves with professionalism and impressive qualifications and expertise.
The three successful candidates selected for the National Assembly nomination are former DASO Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University SRC President, Hlomela Bucwa, Buffalo City councillor, Chantel King, and Thandeka Mbabama, a former Director at the Land and Development Bank.
Jane Cowley, the DA’s Caucus Leader in the Ndlambe Municipality, will be going to the Eastern Cape Legislature to fill my vacancy. Cowley is a former School Principal and Lecturer at Rhodes University.
Vusumzi Magwebu, will be replacing Elza van Lingen in the National Council of Provinces.
Elza van Lingen resigned when she was elected as the mayor of DA-run Kouga Municipality.
Magwebu has held senior positions in the Public Protector and SASSA.
We are proud of these exceptional candidates who have been selected to represent the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape.
We are a party of Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity, and these new leaders reflect our promise to South Africa that we are a party for all South Africans. – Athol Trollip, DA Eastern Cape Provincial Leader