DA Western Cape interim leader Bonginkosi Madikizela has no ambitions to take over from Helen Zille as the next premier.
Even his key opponent‚ Lennit Max‚ was cagey when asked if he saw himself as the next Zille should he win next week’s provincial conference.
The two are going to go head to head for the position of provincial leader on October 7 in one of the most highly anticipated provincial contests the province has ever seen.
Since Zille will not be eligible for the post after the 2019 elections‚ whoever is provincial leader holds an advantage to take the position.
On Tuesday Madikizela‚ who currently serves as Human Settlements MEC‚ told TimesLIVE that although things might change between now and 2019‚ he was not eying the post.
“Honestly‚ that’s not my ambition as an individual. I really need to focus on areas where I need to make maximum impact and really deal with the issues of service delivery‚” said Madikizela
He said that he has seen that his party is starting to compare themselves to the ANC when measuring success and this‚ he said‚ has to change.
“I think that there are other people who can do a better job as a premier‚” he said.
Max‚ although non-committal‚ didn’t completely rule out the idea of being the next premier. Max said he would need to be judged by his work to see if he is capable of becoming the next premier.
“This is not the reason why I made myself available on request [as provincial leader]. This is not the reason‚ the reason is to serve the people‚ that is my priority‚” said Max.
He said anyone in the party could apply for the position of premier‚ although it might be an advantage if one was the leader‚ but they needed to prove themselves.
“It is not my ultimate goal‚ not at all but I will consider that when we get there. I will cross that bridge when we arrive at that bridge‚” said Max.
This is the first time since 2009 that a provincial leader in the Western Cape could be a serious contender for the position.
When the DA took over in the province‚ Zille was the party’s national leader and mayor of the City of Cape Town and naturally assumed the position of Premier.
Source: TMG Digital.