Alan Winde has been named Premier of the Western Cape following an announcement by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane.
This comes after the announcement was postponed – it was originally meant to be made on Sunday morning, but was delayed to Wednesday instead.
“Tomorrow’s scheduled announcement of the DA’s Western Cape Premier Candidate for the 2019 elections is postponed until later in the week, to be combined with the announcement of the successful candidate for the Mayoralty of the City of Cape Town. Further details will be communicated in due course,” the party said in a statement released earlier this week.
The DA’s federal executive (FedEx) met on Tuesday to deliberate on who would be the most suited to being Western Cape Premier.
Winde is a member of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, and has been since 1999. He serves as the current MEC for agriculture, economic development and tourism.
“I congratulate Alan on his election as our candidate through a rigorous internal process. Alan has a mandate to win this province again, and to fly the flag of excellent DA government here for years to come,” Maimane said. “He has the full support of the DA’s national leadership team, his fellow candidates, and the provincial leadership team in this province. Our colleague, Bonginkosi Madikizela, was also a candidate for the position, and is the provincial leader of the Western Cape.”
The party’s candidate for the position of Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, has said that he is looking forward to working with Alan Winde, should he become the Premier.
“We can do a great deal to clean the many, many illnesses and issues decisively,” he said.
Plato has also already engaged in conversation with the current mayor, Patricia De Lille, to discuss his mayoral duties.