The DA is seeking legal advice on whether former leader Helen Zille can contest the position of federal council chair, Business Day understands, days after she threw her name in the hat for arguably the most powerful position in the party.

Zille could be barred from contesting the position with other party heavyweights, including federal chair Athol Trollip and deputy chair of the federal council, Thomas Walters, after reaching a settlement in January 2018 with the DA to step down from all structures following her comments on social media that the legacy of colonialism was not only negative.

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