Democratic Alliance (DA) Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela withdrew from the race to lead the party at a national level.
Madikizela had initially indicated that he will contest the post vacated by Mmusi Maimane who resigned last month.
He said before he made a decision to run for national leader, he discussed all possibilities with the DA Western Cape leadership and the party was given a fresh mandate in the Western Cape and he did not want to get side-tracked with national leadership duties.
The DA’s presiding officer Desiree van der Walt.
"I had a letter in which he informed me that he no longer wished to contest and therefore withdraw his nomination for interim leader."
Those still in the race include DA Parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen and DA Gauteng member for the provincial legislature Makashule Gana.
The DA will hold elections this weekend to elect an interim leader.