Committed ANC member Bonginkosi Madikizela told Helen Zille he would never join her party. Now he’s the DA leader in the Western Cape. Sue Segar traces an extraordinary political journey.
Some time back in the mid-2000s, bruised by his internal battles with the ANC – his political home since childhood – Bonginkosi Madikizela, spent a couple of hours with DA stalwart Helen Zille. He came out of that meeting convinced the DA was the party for him.
“She shared with me the DA’s principles and vision. That conversation, and seeing how seriously the DA took service delivery, and the freedom to express your views without censure, was important for me, as I speak my mind,” Madikizela told Noseweek in an interview.
Today, the DA’s newly-elected leader in the Western Cape stands in pole position to become the province’s new premier in 2019. As leader in the only province which the DA currently governs, he’s highly aware of the critical role he plays in the party and in the greater political landscape.
Naturally, Madikizela’s key focus will be on getting the DA to knock the ANC’s national support to below 50 percent in the 2019 poll, and he’s determined to grow the party’s black support base in the Western Cape