The battle for the Democratic Alliance (DA) leadership heats up as the party's Gauteng Legislature member Makashule Gana joins the battle to replace Mmusi Maimane as interim leader, after he resigned.
Gana will go head-to-head with DA parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen for the hotly contested position at the party's federal council meeting scheduled for 17 November.
Could Gana lead the DA?
He joins Eusebius McKaiser to discuss his plans for the party.
The events of the last couple of weeks were not easy on me in terms of where the organisation finds itself in. After a moment of reflection and the number of calls that I received from members who were not sure that the DA can continue being a political home for them.— Makashule Gana, Gauteng Legislature member - DA
He says he saw that as an opportunity for the party to move into the political sector.
I believe that now is the opportune time for the DA to start prioritising the issues of economic, social and environmental justice. That is the space that is left unoccupied. We need a non-racial political organisation that is going to take South Africans together towards a common vision.— Makashule Gana, Gauteng Legislature member - DA
He says he felt he needed to put his hand up and be part of the leaders that will take the DA forward.
When I joined the organisation 17 years ago, I always said it, I do what I do because I want to make sure that the DA truly becomes a home for all South Africans.— Makashule Gana, Gauteng Legislature member - DA
He says the events of the last few weeks has had people asking themselves whether the DA can be a home for all South Africans.
He says the DA is on its way to becoming a political party that represents all South Africans.
I have always said that the day I wake up and I am happy with the DA, will be the day that I leave the DA. We must never give up on building a non-racial organisation.— Makashule Gana, Gauteng Legislature member - DA
Gana says the party needs to look at how it deals with South Africa's past.
If you look at all the divisions that have happened within the DA over the past three years, it has to do with how we deal with the past. I believe we can lead South Africa, but we need to have a clear position on how we are going to address the past.— Makashule Gana, Gauteng Legislature member - DA
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