Tertuis Simmers is the new interim deputy leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape.
Simmers was elected to the important post on Saturday during a meeting of the DA’s provincial council in the Western Cape.
Simmers and Breede Valley Mayor Antoinette Steyn were contesting for the post, which was left vacant when MEC for Community Safety Albert Fritz became provincial leader after Bonginkosi Madikizela resigned.
Madikizela resigned as both the leader and member of the provincial legislature following a scandal over the legitimacy of his qualifications.
At 38, Simmers is the youngest deputy leader of the party in the province.
He has been a party member for 20 years in various roles.
Addressing delegates following his election he said: “I thank you for your trust in electing me, and I assure you of my meticulous attention to any and all matters impacting upon the standing of our party in the Western Cape.”