The Direct Democracy Forum has a structure that largely mimics the electoral structures of South Africa.

 At the top of the structure are the joint leaders, who constitutionally are the only persons capable of  effecting change in the leadership.

Below them are a series of councils from a National Executive to Provincial Executive to Regional Executive to Municipal Executive to Ward Councils.

The councils promote membership, appoint council members to the levels above each strata, meet and act as advisors to those councils above each strata and ultimately to the joint leaders.  They act as communicators but do not have any authority over the leaders. 

The  purpose of the permanence of the leadership is so the leaders are constrained to carry out their mandate in terms of the constitution and cannot be dismissed as leaders nor have their mandate changed to something other than is set out in the constitution.