The former Democratic Alliance Mbali Ntuli has volunteered herself to become the party’s next national leader, saying the party is in a dilemma.
Ntuli announced her intention in a letter that was sent to the DA’s public spokesperson and seen by Eyewitness News on Tuesday, to contest the position of the federal leader when the party holds its elective conference in May.
The meeting came after the quitting of former DA leader Mmusi Maimane last year and the appointment of John Steenhuise as the interim leader.
Mbali Ntuli presently spoke on behalf of the DA in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature. In the letter to the DA’s public spokesperson, she gave a description of the party as being in a difficult situation and a perpetual state of chaos.
The DA had sustained a wave of losses and they emerged to be no hope that things would get any better soon, Ntuli said. Mbali decided to apply for being a leader because she was not happy that the DA had to lose half a million votes in the last elections, and lost activists and donors in the midst of other problems.
The party was no longer the ray of hope for all South Africans, Mbali Ntuli reported.
She was expected to go into discussion with Western Cape DA provincial leader Bonginkosi Madikizela if he decides to run, and the party’s Gauteng leader John Moodey among others.