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Meet the DA members of the Eastern Cape Legislature

May 22, 2019

Ten Democratic Alliance members were sworn in as members of the sixth sitting of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, and as the official opposition in the province.

Front row (left to right): Jane Cowley, Nqaba Bhanga, Bobby Stevenson, Edmund van Vuuren. Second row: Retief Odendaal, Yusuf Cassim, Nomvano Zibonda. Back Row: Sanele Magaqa, Vicky Knoetze and Marshall von Buchenroder.

This follows the election held on 8 May 2019.

The members are:

  • Nqaba Bhanga
  • Bobby Stevenson
  • Yusuf Cassim
  • Marshall von Buchenroder
  • Vicky Knoetze
  • Retief Odendaal
  • Jane Cowley
  • Nomvano Zibonda
  • Edmund van Vuuren
  • Sanele Magaqa

These individuals bring with them a mix of skill, expertise and experience that puts them in good stead to serve the people of the Eastern Cape.

“I have also appointed Bobby Stevenson as chief whip of the party. Bobby brings with him a wealth of experience, as the longest serving member now in his fifth term, and has served the party well as the leader of the provincial legislature during the fifth sitting,” said DA Provincial leaderNqaba Bhanga..

The DA, as the official opposition in the legislature, will be guided by the following two principles:

  1. holding the provincial government accountable for the exercise of their powers, and
  2. putting forward fresh ideas and credible alternatives to government plans and policies.
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DA Eastern Cape energised and united to bring change in 2019

July 22, 2018

The DA’s provincial executive committee and constituency leaders of the Eastern Cape had an extensive three day strategic breakaway and election planning meeting over the weekend.

We reviewed the party’s performance in the province and we are upbeat, especially after positive results in two recent by-elections.

On the 6th of June the DA stood in the ward 9 by-election of the rural Ingquza Hill Local Municipality and grew party’s support from 6.24% in 2016 to 24.94%.

On the same day the DA grew from 88% to 96.01% in the ward 18 by-election in Buffalo City Municipality (BCM).

In ward 9 of Ingquza Hill, usually an ANC-stronghold, the DA even emerged victorious in one of the voting districts.

During our breakaway we also touched on a number of innovative ideas that will assist the party in continuing its upward trajectory in the province.

The EC executive and constituency leaders are upbeat and positive about our growth prospects.

We are energised and united in our goal to significantly improve our chances in the 2019 national and provincial elections.

The Eastern Cape is a broken province in urgent need of a change of government.

It is time for the people of the Eastern to send a firm message by voting for the DA and voting for change.

Nqaba Bhanga – DA EC Provincial Leader

DA Eastern Cape to hold elective congress in February 2017

October 5, 2016

Over 500 delegates will attend the Democratic Eastern Cape Provincial Congress set to be held in East London in February next year.

Athol Trollip will be stepping down as Provincial Leader in 2017

Athol Trollip will be stepping down as Provincial Leader in 2017

It will be and elective congress for all leadership positions in the province.

At a DA Eastern Cape Provincial Council meeting held recently at Fish River Sun, incumbent party leader in the province and now Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip, announced his intention to step down and not stand for re-election as Provincial Leader at the next Congress.

The August election was a tipping point that heralds the complete realignment of our politics.

We are growing new leaders in the Democratic Alliance, and we are the only party that can move South Africa forward again.

We will continue to grow our support and build a majority for all South Africans who share our values and vision.

The DA’s Federal Executive approved a February congress for the Eastern Cape and branches are set to hold their AGM’s during the months of November and December to elect delegates to attend the Provincial Congress in February 2017.

The Eastern Cape will be a highly competitive battleground in 2019, and we need to have strong Leaders within our structures to take us on that path.