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OUR TAKE: DA MAYORAL RACE IS ON 🔵

If you’re living in the Mother City you’re in for a new mayor with the ruling DA conducting interviews for the top job at the moment. There are three candidates in the running:

▪️ 1. Current mayor Dan Plato, 

▪️ 2. Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for human settlements and the party’s Western Cape leader,

▪️ 3. MP, and finance spokesperson Geordin Hill-Lewis. 

It’s increasingly looking like Hill-Lewis will get the job. Plato has been a damp squib of a mayor and isn’t popular inside or outside the party. Madikizela is currently embroiled in a qualifications scandal, and was just suspended today for two weeks. He apparently lied for years about having a BCom degree, according to a Daily Maverick investigation that also found the DA doesn’t vet its leaders’ qualifications. 👀

Hill-Lewis is in with the current faction in the DA, and is close to John Steenhuisen and Helen Zille. He was formerly Zille’s chief of staff. But his selection will double down on the DA’s representation problem, given he’s the one pale male candidate. 

The DA’s race problem is already an election risk, after high profile black leaders like Mmusi Maimane, Herman Mashaba and Patricia de Lille exited and Zille returned. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 April 2021 . Sign up to receive our weekly updates.

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