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Sat Nov 01 09:34:18 SAST 2014

Zille re-elected DA as leader, "deeply aware" of responsibilities

Sapa | 25 November, 2012 16:07
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille poses for a photograph after an interview with Reuters in Johannesburg November 2, 2012.
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / Reuters

DA leader Helen Zille said she was "deeply aware" of the responsibilities that came with being re-elected as the party's leader.

DA leader Helen Zille said she was "deeply aware" of the responsibilities that came with being re-elected as the party's leader.

"I interpret this as the congress’ support for our goal of building a new majority at the non-racial centre of South African politics," she said in her closing address of the Democratic Alliance's federal congress in Boksburg on Sunday.

"We will work tirelessly together to become a party of government across our country. We know realignment will not be easy."

She said the DA had learnt lessons and she stressed that its core values were non-negotiable.

"We are a party of strong institutions."

She congratulated those elected to positions in the DA and thanked those who lost for their participation.

"Our party has never been stronger or more united," said Zille.

Zille said former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela, who had joined the DA two weeks ago, had fitted in well.

"She attends this congress...for the first time as a paid up member of the DA.

"Can you imagine a former ANC premier being prepared to work at grassroots building branches for the DA in remote rural areas? Thank you!"

Wilmot James was voted in as the DA's federal chairman, it was announced on Sunday.

The three elected as deputy federal chairs were: Mmusi Maimane, Anchen Dreyer, and Makashule Gana.

Helen Zille was unopposed and remained in the party's top seat.

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