Turbulence in the blue sea as some guns for Maimane

2019-Oct-08   06:37

Turbulence in the blue sea as some guns for Maimane
Former DA leader Helen Zille (right) and current leader Mmusi Maimane

- Kgaogelo Magolego

Its final, four candidates will battle it out for the DA's Federal Executive Chairperson position to be contested in two weeks.

This follows an announcement by the party that its former Leader Helen Zille who also served as Premier of the Western Cape was within her rights to contest for the position expected to be vacated by James Selfe who had been in office for two decades. 

Thomas Walters, Mike Waters, Athol Trolip and Helen Zille are expected to battle it out for the position. Meanwhile some in the party and outside have questioned Mmusi Maimane's leadership. Herman Pretorius, an analyst at the Institute of Race Relations ( RR) and largely perceived to be Helen Zille's proxy, has been publicly calling for Maimane to be replaced as Leader by Allan Winde, the current Western Cape Premier.

“As you would know, a statement has been issued by the presiding officer of for the election. Helen is no exception in this regard, said party National Solly Malatsi. Malatsi also dismissed weekend media reports that a group led by Former Leader Tony Leon. The group reportedly called on Maimane to step down.

It was Mmusi who established the committee with the intention of reviewing our performance in the last. Their meeting him was in the course of doing their job”, he added.

Analyst Ralph Mathekga however disagrees. It has always appeared as if there's a powerful grouping that is running things in the DA, said Mathekga who is equally critical of Zille's candidacy. A person who comes out and says colonialism was better and other things can't be allowed to come back. If she does get elected, it will send a certain message about the DA, said Mathekga.

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