Record number of Portuguese/ Luso-descendent public representatives present at DA Congress

Record number of Portuguese/ Luso-descendent public representatives present at DA Congress

The sixth Federal Congress of the Democratic Alliance was held on the weekend of 9 and 10 May 2015 at the Nelson Mandela Metro, which includes Port Elizabeth. This successful Congress with over 1500 delegates saw a record number of Portuguese and Luso-descendent public representatives present.

Present was Shadow Minister of Transport, who also supported a transport-related motion tabled at Congress. Another Member of Parliament, Tarnia Baker, whose grandfather was Portuguese, was also present.

City of Johannesburg councillors present included the DA leader in Johannesburg, Vasco da Gama and Roodepoort ward 83 councillor, Suzanne Clarke (nee da Silva). Also present as delegates at the Congress was ward 66 (which includes Bez-Valley and parts of Kensington) councillor, Carlos da Rocha and Sergio dos Santos who is councillor for ward 54 in the South of Johannesburg. Ward 54 includes areas such as Mondeor and Winchester Hills. Councillor Chris Santana of Fourways ward 115 was also present.

Other councillors from Gauteng that were present at the DA Congress included; Waynne da Agrella from DA controlled Midvaal Council. Cllr Waynne de Agrella also serves on the Mayoral Committee in Midvaal. Cllr Philip Gomes who serves on the Sedibeng District Council (in the Vaal Triangle area) was also present. Councillor Milu Malhau who is ward councillor for ward 4 in Emfuleni (Vereeniging) was also a delegate at Congress, as was Carlos Rebelo who is a councillor of ward 28 in the Carltonville council.

“It is most exciting to see the dramatic growth in Luso-presentation in South African politics,” said Manny de Freitas MP. De Freitas said that from being the only Luso-descendent public representative in politics in the 1990’s, it is a great success and testament to the Democratic Alliance that is making itself a home for so many patriotic South Africans. “I have no doubt that as we grow more and more we will be seeing more Portuguese and Luso-descendants becoming part of the family of public representatives serving South Africa through the Democratic Alliance,” de Freitas explained.