GAUTENG DA leader John Moodey has been ousted by Janet Semple at the party's provincial congress elections, it was announced yesterday.
Semple trumped Moodey in the polls at the Krugersdorp town hall on Saturday.
The election was a rerun of the party's congress in October, which was nullified after accusations that Moodey had bolstered his support with an SMS campaign of false information.
Moodey faced four charges, including bringing the party into disrepute and causing internal divisions.
But on Friday it was announced he had been found guilty on only one charge - breaching the code of conduct for the party's public representatives.
Moodey, who won the October election, was able to contest the fresh race after being admonished for his misdemeanour.
In the first round he was ahead of Semple by six votes - against 229 - and the third candidate, DA MP Natasha Michael, with 98 votes.
The race was so close conference organisers anticipated a possible draw in the run-off, but Semple won by eight votes.
"As the previous provincial leader, I know that she (Semple) has a strong team that she will be working with and I am very confident that the province is in good hands," Moodey said.
He said he would put his loss behind him and work with Semple for the greater good of the party. - Sapa