Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip says he is delighted to retain his party position after being re-elected as the Democratic Alliance(DA)’s Federal Chairperson on Sunday.
Following the outcome of DA Federal Congress Trollip reiterated that he was “humbled” by the outcomes from the Congress.
“I’m delighted that Mmusi ended the Congress with the same words he started them with, that the DA is not a home for racists or racism, “says Trollip.
The election took place at the party’s national congress in Tshwane.
It was a contest between Solly Msimanga and Trollip which was seen as a deciding factor regarding just to validate diversity within the DA.
Trollip added that party leader Mmusi Maimane served his promises by bringing equality and fairness to the party.
“I’m delighted that Mmusi ended the Congress with the same words he started them with, that the DA is not a home for racists or racism, “
“I think I am deeply humbled and have great respect for the party I represent and our values on diversity. I’m humbled that I could be re-elected when everyone said this position would be all about race,” he says.
According to reports, Maimane says that the organization’s new election strategy will be broad and not just focus on bashing the African National Congress (ANC).
Maimane was re-elected at the party’s congress over the weekend along with Federal Council Chair James Selfe and Federal Chair Athol Trollip.
It is understood that the entire new leadership faced tough questions as only one woman, Refiloe Ntsekhe was elected on to the federal executive (Deputy Federal Chairperson).
When asked about the shortage of females in top positions, Trollip explained that women want more than to be “tokens”.
The DA has now insisted that its main goal for the 2019 elections is to win Gauteng.