- The DA came under scrutiny after their decision to replace Helen Zille and Patricia de Lille with men
- Zille will be replaced with Alan Winde and de Lille's replacement is Dan Plato
- The decision is seen as an example of the gender equality that dominates within the party
The Democratic Alliance's decision to replace Premier Helen Zille and Mayor Patricia de Lille with men has received criticism from South Africans.
The decision is seen as a step backwards in gender equality and is taken as a sign that leadership remains male-dominated in the party.
Mayor de Lille will be replaced by Dan Plato at the end of October. Premier Helen Zille's replacement is Alan Winde.
The replacement of women by men is described as sad by Ralph Mathekga, UWC researcher.
Mathekga said the DA has become blind to gender balance, according to a report by News24.
The panel that selected the Premier consists in majority of men.
The candidates for mayor's position included only 2 women; candidates for the Premier position included 1 woman.
Somadoda Fikeni, political commentator, stated that the DA has been consistent in its gender equality issues - men remain dominant.
However, the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network responded by saying that Plato and Winde were the best candidates for the positions.
Bea Campbell-Cloete of the network stated that the decision wasn't based on gender or colour but on who would fit best for the purpose.
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