David Maynier. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
David Maynier. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

DA finance spokesman David Maynier will leave the opposition benches in the National Assembly for provincial politics in the Western Cape following the elections in May.

Maynier is one of the DA’s most prominent MPs and was first elected to parliament in 2009. He has been a key campaigner for greater transparency at the Public Investment Corporation, which manages government employees' pensions and is the biggest investor on the JSE.

He is placed at No 4 on his party’s list in the Western Cape, the only province the DA governs. The party is expected to remain in power in the province after the elections on May 8, despite a turbulent 2018 in which it was embroiled with its former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille.

Maynier had also applied for the post as premier when the DA opened up applications to be the party’s premier candidate in the May polls, but lost out to Western Cape economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde, who is now the face of the party in the DA’s stronghold as Helen Zille winds up her second term as premier in the province.

The party hopes to grow its support in the province from its 2014 numbers of 59.38%, which gave it 26 seats in the provincial legislature.

Maynier said on Sunday that he would be going to the Western Cape provincial legislature.

“I would like, hopefully, to transition from saying something in opposition in the National Assembly, to actually doing something in the provincial government in the Western Cape,” Maynier said in response to why he wanted to make the move.

The DA's national assembly list is topped by party leader Mmusi Maimane, and more than half of the candidates are black. The diversity of the DA’s lists were of particular interest, given Maimane’s own promises to diversify the benches of its parliamentary caucus.

The City of Tshwane’s new mayor Stevens Mokgalapa is also on both the lists to the National Assembly and the Gauteng provincial legislature, but it is understood that he would not take up these positions.

Mokgalapa did not respond to questions on whether he would take up the positions on either of the lists, which were compiled before he was elected as mayor in February.

The DA hopes to push the ANC below 50% of the support in Gauteng with Msimanga as its candidate for premier. Msimanga is therefore in the top spot on the Gauteng list, and is followed by DA Gauteng leader John Moodey, who takes up the second place.

The party also hopes to install its own premier in the Northern Cape and has Andrew Louw at the top of its Northern Cape list.