- Mmusi Maimane has made statements about racial inequality that got him into hot water in March
- Herman Mashaba has decided to support the DA leader
- More people show support for Maimane as he sticks to his statement
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DA leader Mmusi Maimane spoke out about his feelings on the situation of white privilege in South Africa at recent Freedom Day rally in Pretoria. The DA, however, seem to be undivided in their support of these claims.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Maimane has come under fire from members of his own party over comments he made during a speech during a rally at Soshanguve on Freedom Day.
Maimane was addressed by three senior MPs at a caucus meeting about his remarks, but they stated that it was a discussion and not an attack on what he said. There were reports of an "orchestrated attack" on Maimane from senior colleagues during the meeting.
Natasha Mazzone, the DA deputy federal chairperson, commented that Maimane and the rest of the DA members at the caucus meeting had a productive debate.
She said, “There was absolutely no attack on our leader whatsoever,” She is reported to be one of the people who didn't like what Maimane said.
But she and most of the DA members remain neutral on the matter. “In fact, I haven't had a more constructive and productive debate in a caucus in a very long time." she stated.
Not everyone is upset about these remarks, as proven by the support of a fellow party colleague. Herman Mashaba has shared his support and opinion on Twitter.
Cachalia of the DA has told the press that he would rather not comment on the matter. He believes it is a complicated matter that should be debated more.
It is believed that Maimane was confronted at the caucus because some of the DA members fear for their positions and the impact that the comments may have on white party members.
But those who support Maimane believe that the confrontation was more about Maimaine's commitment to have more black people on the DA seats.
Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga has also shown his support for Maimane's comments on "white privilege and black poverty". Bhanga said Maimane was right to raise the matter.
Maimane has been receiving support from all over the country:
An MP that spoke the press said, "Things happen according to seasons in the party. Nominations have opened and close in June and, at this point, battles always happen in the DA,”
The MP thinks that those who oppose Maimane found something to complain about. "Obviously, with Mmusi going out and talking about white privilege, certain people now feel their positions are not secure." the MP added.
Despite things seemingly getting warm on the inside of the DA chambers, Maimane said he felt that the discussions went well. He said, “I called on white people to say, ‘you are part of the solution and not the problem, so come in and say what contribution you can make to address the problem’".
He also added, “The liberation of one race is not the enslaving of another. In fact it is a call to say, ‘all of us people, if we recognise there is an injustice to one, we can work together to address it’. Just like if I saw that women are marginalised, I don’t need to be a woman to fight for women’s issues."
With his final words Maimane reminded those at the meeting the DA had a commitment to fairness.
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