'Today I say to Mmusi Maimane, you are the leader and I am the toilet cleaner'

Helen Zille has been elected as the new Democratic Alliance Federal Council chairperson beating Athol Trollip, Mike Waters and Thomas Walters.

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Zille joins Bongani Bingwa to chat about her victory.

My role is going to ensure that the interface between the administration, the politicians, the systems, the structures and processes all work together.

Helen Zille, Federal Council chairperson - DA

She says the competitive advantage that the DA has is that it has strong internal institutions.

James Selfe did a great job of keeping those institutions going and I am going to make sure that we build on that and have strong internal institutions that work to support our political objectives.

Helen Zille, Federal Council chairperson - DA

Zille says she aims to work on the party's declining electoral fortunes.

We introspect, we analyse, we find out what went wrong and we fix it and we are the only party in South Africa that does that.

Helen Zille, Federal Council chairperson - DA

The DA has a clear set of values and it just needs to stick with those values, she explains. She says the party will hold a policy conference and DA members will decide.

It is not up to me to decide who is going to be where and what policies are going to be adopted and what leaders are going to be elected, that is for the structures and systems.

Helen Zille, Federal Council chairperson - DA

When James Selfe was that federal council chairperson, he said her he was the toilet cleaner and she was the leader.

Today I say to Mmusi Maimane, you are the leader and I am the toilet cleaner.

Helen Zille, Federal Council chairperson - DA

There are reports that Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba is planning to render his resignation, Zille has this to say on those reports.

Herman Mashaba must make up his mind on what he wants to do. When I was one of the people who recruited Mashaba into the DA, I was worried that he was too conservative.

Helen Zille, Federal Council chairperson - DA

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