Will DA manage to move from governing one province to running 5 municipalities?

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
Read More
Schools Act prohibits political activities during school time, says SGB group

Schools Act prohibits political activities during school time, says SGB group

There is public debate over an image of Maritzburg College pupils carrying EFF branded T-shirts, calling for land redistribution.

'Zero chance Zuma will appear in court before ANC's elective conference'

'Zero chance Zuma will appear in court before ANC's elective conference'

News editor Adriaan Basson says it is unlikely that the NPA will decide on whether or not to prosecute Zuma before December.

Proposed hike in car licence fees questioned

Proposed hike in car licence fees questioned

Motorists could be coughing up R30 more in vehicle licence fees in 2018 and the Justice Project South Africa is not having it.

 Selfe: DA will seek court order if NPA doesn't bring Zuma to book

Selfe: DA will seek court order if NPA doesn't bring Zuma to book

The Supreme Court reaffirmed the High Court finding that dropping criminal charges against Zuma in 2009 decision was irrational.

44 Soweto parents, pupils have submitted evidence in sexual assault probe so far

44 Soweto parents, pupils have submitted evidence in sexual assault probe so far

It's alleged that leadership at the Soweto school discouraged pupils from reporting the matter to their parents or authorities.

Leading actors put spotlight on 'Shakespeare in Love' theatre production

Leading actors put spotlight on 'Shakespeare in Love' theatre production

Actors Dylan Edy and Roxanne Hayward have set the scene for what to expect from Shakespeare in Love showing at the Fugard Theatre.

Popular articles
"Case against President Zuma is strong, it is sound and ready to go to trial"

"Case against President Zuma is strong, it is sound and ready to go to trial"

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter in the Supreme Court of Appeal's ruling to reinstate charges and what this means for President Zuma.

V&A Waterfront responds to claims of sewage water on customer's car

V&A Waterfront responds to claims of sewage water on customer's car

A customer was not happy to find her car in a huge puddle of effluent water after doing her shopping at the V&A Waterfront.

Heroic fire fighter saves drowning child while on holiday

Heroic fire fighter saves drowning child while on holiday

It's not clear how long the little girl (3) spent underwater but it took ten minutes to resuscitate her.

De Waal Drive is now renamed after Philip Kgosana, but who was he? Here's a look

De Waal Drive is now renamed after Philip Kgosana, but who was he? Here's a look

Cape Town's well-known bend has been renamed in honour of PAC stalwart Philip Kgosana, but very few know his historic importance.

A list of words that people need to 'basically' stop using

A list of words that people need to 'basically' stop using

These words have become so overused and pretentious that listeners believe that they've lost their meaning.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.