- Former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela has returned to the ANC
- She blames the Democratic Alliance's treatment of Patricia De Lille for her departure
- There are rumours that she was lured back by President Cyril Ramaphosa himself
Senior DA leader Nosimo Balindlela has left the Democratic Alliance and is now once again part of the ANC.
Apparently Balindlela chose to leave the DA because of their treatment of their leader, Mmusi Maimane and the ousted Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille.
However, there are rumours that Balindlela has rejoined because President Cyril Ramaphosa has lured her back in.
Belindlela was fired by the ANC in 2008 due to her 'lack of service delivery'. Back then she said she felt humiliated because she learned about her being fired through the media and wasn't informed by the party.
She joined the Democratic Alliance in 2012 after she was a member of Cope for some time.
According to a statement to the press, the Democratic Alliance called Balindlela's decision is 'misguided', but they respect her decision nonetheless.
"We respect that she feels the need to serve the ANC but believe that this is misguided as ANC corruption and maladministration have robbed the poor of billions."
The DA feels that her loss is a blow to the party and believes the rumours that she was "wooed" by President Ramaphosa is true.
Lulama Ngcukaitobi, the ANC provincial secretary, said that Balindlela had spoken to the ANC's leadership about her concerns over the path the DA is following.
“What broke the camel’s back for her is what is happening in Cape Town to De Lille and how she is being treated. And also the reaction to the tweet by Maimane on racial inequality from within the DA. But as the ANC, what we can say is that we have spoken with her, and as a cadre who has learnt a lot through the responsibilities she was given by the ANC, she must come back to us." said Ngcukaitobi. "There is a lot she can do here.”
Nqaba Bhanga, the DA provincial leader in the Eastern Cape, feels that Balindlela has abandoned the DA. “She told us, as the leadership in the province, and the national leadership that she had been approached by President Ramaphosa and has been promised a post.”
Bhanga did not want to did not want to reveal any details of the promised job and felt that it is up to Balindlela to talk about it when she is ready.
Balindlela will be sorely missed by many in the DA as she was seen as a motherly figure by many of its members.
“There is a sense of loss in the DA after her decision. We have plans of taking over this province," said Bhanga. "But we respect her decision and we appreciate how she has handled the matter, with dignity.”
Bhanga insisted that Balindlela did not talk to the DA leadership about her feelings over De Lille's treatment. “She told us she was approached by the ANC president (Ramaphosa) and she leaves with a happy heart, because we treated her like a queen."
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