Former leader of the Democratic Alliance Tony Leon, spoke to John Maytham about the opportunities that awaits the DA in governing the big metros that they will be running.
Leon says the party has been given the opportunity to practice what they've preached, and now have a chance to root out corruption, awarding tenders in the correct way, and not misuse state funds.
When asked about whether he thinks Herman Mashaba is the right candidate for the position of Mayor in Tshwane, Leon said it's a difficult one to answer, as people voted for Mashaba.
First of all he was the face of the campaign, he was the mayoral candidate and if you dump him after elections there could be accusations of fraud— Tony Leon, Former DA leader
Of all those metro mayors he has the least political experience .... Solly Msimanga has been around for more than ten years— Tony Leon, Former DA leader
Herman Mashaba's problem is not just going to be that he has got the most challenging set of opposition, but because he is new to politics— Tony Leon, Former DA leader
Leon says Mashaba's experience in business will do the party a lot of good, but he has to worry about political management.
Another challenge for the DA will be to find suitable candidates to head up these metros, and Leon says they've become victims of their own success. The DA is going to have to rise to the occasion, says Leon.
I think that is going to be a stretch. We used to manage one city and one province and we did that very well, and now we going to triplicate it with more.... people who understand the dynamics on municipalities and provinces don't grow on trees.— Tony Leon, Former DA leader