“Given that I have received a number of queries from the media, asking whether I will be resigning, I wish to categorically state that I am staying”
THE DA leader in the Northern Cape, Andrew Louw, is staying.
Louw said in a statement issued yesterday that the current situation in the DA was not something that he could predict.
“This past weekend, we had a Federal Council meeting and the party knew upfront that we would be electing a new Federal Council chairperson. Delegates had the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice in a democratic election. We now need to respect the outcome of that democratic process.”
Louw encouraged members of the DA in the Northern Cape to rally behind the party’s new Federal Council chairperson, Helen Zille, “and respect and support her in the interests of enabling her to do her job for the betterment of our party and of our country”.
“Given that I have received a number of queries from the media, asking whether I will be resigning, I wish to categorically state that I am staying,” Louw said. “I remain fully committed to the cause of the democratic project.”
He added that the party had and always would continue to play a critical role in developing and safeguarding the country’s democracy and building a prosperous nation in which we can all live, work and play together, regardless of our skin colour.
“In spite of the current climate of change in our party, I have no intention of giving up on that precious dream, nor do I doubt that, when all the dust has settled, the DA will be able to restore its name, rebuild its voter base and rise to new heights never reached before.”
Louw said his main focus remained on project 2021.
“Although we did not achieve the targets we set ourselves for May 8, the DA has not stopped growing in the Northern Cape. I will therefore spend my energy on further growing support for the DA in this Province in a determined effort to secure some of the low-hanging municipalities, come the next local government elections.”
He further encouraged DA supporters to not give up on the party. “Yes, we are at a crossroads but no, we are not dead or dying. We will emerge stronger and better, for the sake of our democracy and for the sake of all South Africans.”