- Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has nominated himself as the Western Cape Premier candidate to replace Helen Zille
- This sudden move has caused an upset with some of the party's members
- It is taken as a sign that Maimane does not believe the DA could win the 2019 elections and make him president
DA leader Mmusi Maimane apparently wants to be the next premier of the Western Cape. This sudden nomination has ruffled quite a number of DA feathers.
News24 reported that some members of the party are upset with Maimane's last-minute move to stand for premier.
Many people feel his move is an admission that the DA will not win the 2019 elections and place him as leader of South Africa.
Several people already went through the selection process, such as MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela and MP David Maynier.
The party planned to hold a briefing for the premier on the 16th of September but it was postponed.
The postponement was because of the pushback against the DA leader's decision to stand.
Portia Adams, Maimane's spokesperson, said it is not a done deal yet but there was a possibility that Maimane would become premier candidate.
Adams added that there are several outstanding candidates and no final decision has been made yet.
According to the DA's internal polls, Maimaine is very popular and scored higher popularity points than Helen Zille.
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