DA announces Federal Congress Leadership Candidates

15 Mar 2023 in News

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has today announced the names of candidates nominated to stand for election to Party Leadership roles at the DA elective Federal Congress on 1 and 2 April 2023.

In just 17 days, DA Federal Congress delegates will participate in a democratic internal election to select the leadership of the DA that will take the party forward.

Preparation for DA Federal Congress 2023 is proceeding full steam and the hard work being carried out to prepare for a successful Federal Congress is progressing to plan.

Nominations for the candidates standing for election opened on 6 February 2023 and closed on Monday 13 March 2023.

In terms of clause 6.1.4 of the DA Federal Constitution, “The Federal Congress elects the Leader, the Federal Chairperson and the [3] Deputy Federal Chairpersons.”

Furthermore, alongside Federal Congress, the members of the DA Federal Council will vote for the Chairperson and three Deputy Chairpersons of Federal Council, as well as the Federal Finance Chairperson, in terms of clause of the Federal Constitution.

As the DA Federal Congress Presiding Officers, we have the pleasure of announcing the following candidates who have been nominated respectively:


Federal Finance Chairperson

Dion George

Lungile Phenyane

Deputy Chairpersons of Federal Council [3]

Annelie Lotriet

Ashor Sarupen

James Masango

Lungile Phenyane

Segope Sathekge

Thomas Walters

Tyrone Gray

Chairperson of Federal Council:

Helen Zille

Lungile Phenyane

Deputy Federal Chairpersons [3]:

Anton Bredell

Jean-Pierre (JP) Smith

Lungile Phenyane

Natasha Mazzone

Nqaba Bhanga

Refiloe Nt’sekhe

Shehana Kajee

Solly Malatsi

Federal Chairperson:

Ivan Meyer

Lungile Phenyane

Qhawekazi Mbatha

Federal Leader:

John Steenhuisen

Lungile Phenyane

Mpho Phalatse

We are very pleased with the diversity of our candidates as well as the provincial representation and the age diversity. We can also confirm that the nomination process was thorough and democratic.

The DA looks forward to a robust and successful Federal Congress as we demonstrate a clear commitment to internal democracy in our Party.