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In response to a recent column (The DA’s low-profile premier candidates, July 4), Ghaleb Cachalia, one of nine DA public representatives to contest for the position of DA Gauteng premier candidate, said on Facebook, "I’d be happy to do a no-holds-barred interview to show why I could deliver the goods." I took him up on his offer and sat down to discuss his candidature, the province and the DA’s prospects in it. Cachalia joined the DA ahead of the April 2016 local government elections, when it was revealed that he would stand as the party’s mayoral candidate in Ekurhuleni. He said at the time, "I stand here today, not because I am leaving the ANC but because the ANC has left me." Yet, although both he and his family are steeped in ANC tradition, it would be a mistake to assume he shares the party’s ideological inclination towards socialism and racial nationalism. He is a liberal, and he wears his colours on his sleeve. He brought with him a great deal of experience from the private s...

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