Former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille is planning to return to a top position of the party by availing herself for federal council chairperson.
Zille made the surprise announcement on social media that she was contesting for the powerful position.
After careful consideration and consultation, I have made myself available as a candidate to chair the DA's Federal Council. Read more here:https://t.co/jydAZuDjAp— Helen Zille (@helenzille) October 4, 2019
The position was left vacant after James Selfe resigned after holding the position for almost two decades.
Speaking to John Maytham, Zille says she was approached by some top leaders in the party to contest the position.
I want to emphasise that I am standing for the chair of the federal council, which is not the leadership or a top leadership position in the sense of giving direction to the party.— Helen Zille, Former DA leader
The people putting my name forward are trying to heal and end the divisions and give focus and drive to the party again.— Helen Zille, Former DA leader
They want to stabilise the party and end the divisions.— Helen Zille, Former DA leader
The availability of Zille comes in the midst of a controversy involving party leader Mmusi Maimane.
Some senior members of the party are calling for Maimane to clarify facts about a house and car.
In 2016 Maimane drove a rental vehicle sponsored by businessperson Markus Jooste. It was paid for by Steinhoff.
Mmusi Maimane is the leader and the role of the federal chair is to support the leader. If I am elected I will support the leadership of the DA and do the job of the federal council chair.— Helen Zille, Former DA leader
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Helen Zille: People putting my name forward are trying to heal the party