- With four Democratic Alliance members vying for the position of Federal Council Chair, things are heating up
- Athol Trollip insists that he is the best man for the job because of his great love for the opposition party
- With Helen Zille, Thomas Walters and Mike Waters contesting along with him, Trollip has insisted the DA is the only 'realistic alternative' to the ANC
Athol Trollip is hellbent on obtaining the highly sought-after and hotly-contested position of Federal Council Chairperson.
Briefly.co.za reported that former party leader Helen Zille had upset the apple cart when she threw her hat into the ring, tempted out of retirement by the opening.
Athol Trollip, deputy chair Thomas Walters and deputy chief whip Mike Waters are all aiming for the top prize, but Trollip is adamant that he is the man for the job.
SowetanLIVE reports that Trollip is contesting the election because of his 'great affection' for the DA, and his belief that the opposition party is the 'only realistic alternative to the failing ANC'.
As for the mounting calls for Mmusi Maimane to step down as the leader of the politicial party, Trollip says its all just talk:
“The tallest trees always collect the most wind. However, I draw the line at personal attacks and faceless attacks in the media — it’s simply cowardly and reprehensible. No group of individuals will remove a DA leader through the media. That would be chaos and we are not a party of chaos."
As for Zille, his main competition for the position, Trollip seems unfazed, saying that her time has come and gone:
“I fancy my chances against Zille. There’s a Greek saying that one shouldn’t step in the same river twice. She resigned as leader of her own volition and handed over. There’s a time to come and a time to go and she’s had both.”
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