The Democratic Alliance (DA) has elected long-serving councillor Grant Twigg as the new chairperson of its Western Cape Metro Region.
Twigg, a councillor from Kraaifontein, was announced as the region's leader at the party's regional congress in Cape Town on Saturday.
Loud cheers erupted in the auditorium when Twigg was announced as the new chairperson.
He has various plans to shake-up the region, one of them being to bring more political discussions into regional meetings.
“My plan is to allow the branches to have a say in whatever we decide. Branch chairs and executives will raise issues in their different areas and we will make those into resolutions which we will feed into the city and into the province.”
Twigg says his focus will be on strengthening the branches within the party.
“The meetings that we have at this level will be to discuss those priorities that come from our branches, may it be crime,
Former regional chairperson Shaun August was the other contender for the position.
“The stronger team won; we’re still part of one political party and we will unit now and focus towards our 2019 elections.”
Mayoral committee members JP Smith, Anda Ntsodo and councillor Phindile Maxiti have all been elected to fill the deputy chairperson position.
At the same time, the newly appointed chairperson has thrown his weight behind Bonginkosi Madikizela as the party's next provincial leader.
Twigg makes no secret of wanting Madikizela, who's currently the party's acting provincial leader, to fill the top spot.
“Towards the provincial congress, I have my preferred candidate as a leader in this province. The branches will continue campaigning and canvassing for their choice but from my side, we have our preferred choice in terms of where to go with the province. It’s Bonginkosi.”