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DA will appoint interim leadership

In a bid resolve lead­er­ship crises which has plunged the par­ty into tur­moil, Demo­c­ra­t­ic Alliance (DA) had on Thurs­day con­vened tele­con­fer­ence meet­ing to attend to the sit­u­a­tion fol­low­ing simul­ta­ne­ous res­ig­na­tion of Par­ty leader and Fed­er­al chair­per­son

In a state­ment fol­low­ing the meet­ing of the party’s fed­er­al exec­u­tive (FedEx) via tele­con­fer­ence, the party’s new Fed­er­al Coun­cil chair­per­son, Helen Zille said [we] have tak­en a res­o­lu­tion to appoint inter­im DA Leader and Fed­er­al Chair­per­son on Novem­ber 17.

She said elec­tive con­fer­ence is sched­uled for April 2020.

The appoint­ments fol­low simul­ta­ne­ous res­ig­na­tion on Wednes­day, Octo­ber 24, 2019 of Mmusi Maimane as par­ty leader and Fed­er­al chair­per­son, Athol Trol­lip.

Although Maimane sug­gest­ed he will stay as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment until Novem­ber, Par­lia­men­tary Cau­cus said once a politi­cian stop being a leader of the par­ty he or she auto­mat­i­cal­ly ceas­es to occu­py the posi­tion.

DA Par­lia­men­tary Cau­cus sat today [Thurs­day] to dis­cuss Maimane as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

Cau­cus Chair­per­son, Annelie Lotri­et said she will act as the Inter­im Par­lia­men­tary Leader until a Cau­cus elec­tion takes place.

“It is false reports that John Steen­huisen has resigned as Chief Whip of the DA’s Par­lia­men­tary Cau­cus. We link the tenure of the Chief Whip of the Nation­al Assem­bly to that of the Par­lia­men­tary Leader. This is because the Par­lia­men­tary Leader appoints the Chief Whip.

Con­sid­er­ing Maimane’s res­ig­na­tion as MP, Steenhuisen’s tenure auto­mat­i­cal­ly end­ed. The DA’s Deputy Chief Whip, Jacques Julius, elect­ed by Cau­cus, will take over as Inter­im Chief Whip,” said Lotri­et.

Announc­ing his res­ig­na­tion as DA leader on Octo­ber 24, 2019, Maimane explained that over the past months, he knows there was a group­ing with­in the par­ty which do not see eye to eye with him, say­ing they do not share his vision and the direc­tion he was tak­ing the orga­ni­za­tion.

“We began to cam­paign in black com­mu­ni­ties to spear­head growth, and I led this charge. We changed the inter­nal focus of the par­ty towards grass­roots activism and engaged com­mu­ni­ties and estab­lished branch­es in new ter­rain.”

He said for sev­er­al months there has been a con­sis­tent and coor­di­nat­ed attempt to under­mine his lead­er­ship and make sure that either his project fails, or he fails.

There have been many dif­fi­cul­ties. I fought bat­tles with Helen Zille, of her com­ments – and the impact of her com­ments – as it per­tained to colo­nial­ism.

These sen­ti­ments did not help build trust between black and white South Africans, and they under­mined the project the in which par­ty was engaged.

“This extend­ed to the smear cam­paign that run on the front pages of an Afrikaans paper to destroy my name and my integri­ty,” said Maimane.

He added that this cow­ard­ly behav­iour has put his wife and pub­lished his two young chil­dren in great dan­ger and pic­tures of our house  in the media.

The first politi­cian to drop the bomb­shell is Johan­nes­burg may­or, Her­man Masha­ba.

He end­ed his DA mem­ber­ship and resigned as Johan­nes­burg May­or, say­ing he will not con­tin­ue to asso­ciate him­self with a par­ty that under­mine his vision.


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