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DA to nominate Joe Seremane as its candidate for President

23 September 2008

HELEN ZILLE
LEADER OF THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE


The Democratic Alliance (DA) intends to nominate Federal Chairperson, Joe Seremane MP, as its candidate for President in Parliament on Thursday.

The DA is seeking support for Mr Seremane's nomination from other opposition parties and members of the ruling party who are disillusioned with the factionalism within their ranks.

Joe Seremane draws on a long history of political activism and leadership. He has the vision, judgment, wisdom, and ability to lead which are required for the highest office of the land.

It is vital for democracy that Members of Parliament be presented with an alternative candidate to the ruling party's nominee, Minister in the Presidency, Kgalema Motlanthe, when they elect a successor to President Thabo Mbeki.

Joe Seremane has served his country with distinction throughout his life and made great sacrifices for the attainment of a non-racial, democratic South Africa. He was imprisoned on Robben Island from 1963 to 1969, before being ?deported' to the former homeland of Bophuthatswana. He was detained without trial between 1976 and 1978, and again on several occasions between 1982 and 1984.

He joined the Democratic Party in 1994, conscious of the need for a strong opposition party to consolidate democracy in South Africa, and has served as a Member of the National Assembly since 1999. He was elected Federal Chairperson of the DP in March 2000, and became the founding chairperson of the Democratic Alliance on its formation.