By Anthony Benadie MPL:
I am proud to announce that I have accepted the opportunity afforded to me by the Democratic Alliance to represent the party, our voters and country in the National Assembly in Parliament.
Serving in Parliament is an honour bestowed on few and I am excited by the opportunity and challenge of serving in our national legislature.
I have served in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature for the past 11 years and as a municipal councillor for four years prior to that. So too, having served as the DA’s Mpumalanga Provincial Leader for almost eight years I look forward to applying my political skill and expertise to the advancement of the DA’s national agenda.
7 May 2015 marks the one year anniversary of the 2014 General elections after which political parties are afforded the opportunity to amend their candidate lists for the National Assembly and Provincial Legislatures. Through following the DA’s due process as set out by the provincial and federal structures of the party an amendment to the DA’s parliamentary list will enable my transition from the Provincial Legislature to the National Assembly.
Doing so will at the same time pave the way for our newly elected Provincial Leader James Masango, currently serving in Parliament to return to the Provincial Legislature in order to lead the party and deliver on the mandate afforded to him by the province.
It is also known that I am currently contesting the position of Deputy Chairperson of the DA’s Federal Council who is to be elected by the Federal Council on Sunday 10 May during the DA Federal Congress. If elected to serve in the DA’s Federal Leadership, my serving in Parliament will also enable me to effectively execute my duties with absolute dedication and commitment.
I embrace this opportunity and look forward to working with the DA leadership and colleagues in the DA’s Parliamentary Caucus.