While both the ANC and EFF have made their preferred candidates to take to the National Assembly known, the second-biggest party, the DA, is keeping its cards close to its chest. The EFF was the first to release its lists of candidates on Wednesday, shortly after the Electoral Commissions of South Africa's (IEC) due date for submissions.
On the same day, ANC secretary general Ace Magashule revealed the top 10 candidates on the governing party's national list. On Friday morning, the ANC published its national list on social media.READ: ANC reveals top 100 candidates on parliamentary list: Van Rooyen and Nhleko outThe DA, however, is keeping mum.
With only 53 days to go until the elections on May 8, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the party would release its list by Sunday. Next week, the IEC is expected to publish a full list of candidates of all parties contesting the elections. Speaking to journalists, Maimane said the party was withholding its lists because candidates needed to report their candidacy to their respective employers.
"In our list you can come from outside and be a member of the DA. Once we have finalised the lists we need people to inform their employers. You don't want someone's employer to hear about it on the media.
Those lists will be released, you have my undertaking.