Refiloe Ntsekhe appointed DA national spokesperson - Mmusi Maimane

DA leader says party's Deputy Federal Chair will work together with Phumzile van Damme

Refiloe Ntsekhe appointed as a DA National Spokesperson

10 July 2015

It gives me great pleasure to announce today that the DA Federal Executive has appointed Refiloe Ntsekhe MPL as a National Spokesperson. She will work together with Phumzile van Damme MP who is the party’s other National Spokesperson.

Our National Spokespersons are responsible for communicating on issues that cross-cut or fall outside the portfolios of our shadow cabinet. They will also communicate on party political matters and be the first point of contact for members of the media.

Refiloe is currently a Deputy Federal Chair of the Party and MPL in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, where she is the Shadow MEC for social development. She is the constituency head for Kempton Park and Tembisa and has served as the Party’s Gauteng spokesperson and as a Councillor in the Ekurhuleni Municipality. I look forward to working with both Refiloe and Phumzile as a core communications team as we intensify our mission to build a better future for all South Africans.

Refiloe can be contacted via phone on 060 558 8297 and via e-mail at [email protected].

Today the DA’s Federal Executive met for the second time since the Federal Congress in May. The Federal Executive is the Party’s most senior management body and controls and directs activities of the DA. Members of the body include the core national leadership, all Provincial Leaders and the leaders of ancillary organisations.

Today’s meeting is covering the following matters:

1. The DA’s Vision 2029 Campaign

2. Election 2016

3. The state of South Africa’s institutions

4. South Africa’s economic crisis

Vision 2029 is the DA’s blueprint for building a better South Africa under 10 years of a DA national government after the DA forms the centre of a new national government after the General Election in 2019. It also an expansion of the Values Charter adopted by Federal Congress as the preamble to the Party’s Constitution and sets out what South Africa can be if we focus on building a better future built on the values of Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity.

The DA is currently taking Vision 2029 to millions of South Africans across the length and breadth of the country as we build up towards Election 2016. Election 2016 will be a seminal event in South Africa’s democratic history with the potential of the DA unseating the ANC in at least two metros. Accordingly, the Party’s operational focus is very much on our preparations for next year’s local government election.

We undertake our activities against the backdrop of a country that desperately requires leadership that prioritises the strengthening of our institutions, recognizes the independence of the judiciary and the combatting of corruption, crime, inequality and unemployment.

The DA will not let up in our fight to protect the country’s core institutions and root out the cancer of corruption that limits the progress of our country’s citizens. The DA is concerned about the continued attacks on the judiciary, and commend the Chief Justice and the 27 top jurists who this week reaffirmed their resistance to undue political influence from the politically connected.

We will prioritise the issues of economic growth and jobs as only a growing economy will give us the platform to be able to move forward on the country. We resolved to heed the economic lessons from the events in Greece and noted that South Africa needs to adopt firm action to avoid a similar situation developing in SA. On 03 August, we will host an event to set out our framework for growing the economy and creating jobs.

Together, we can build a better future for all South Africans. And I am excited by the potential of the DA to lead South Africa to a better tomorrow.

Statement issued by DA leader Mmusi Maimane, July 10 2015