- Patricia de Lille says the Democratic Alliance is not what it used to be, it's a shell of its former self
- De Lille added that the party is toxic and that she's glad to be away from it
- She established her own political party in the hopes of creating a better South Africa
According to Patricia de Lille, former member of the Democratic Alliance, the party is just a shell of its former self.
De Lille wrote in a piece published by City Press News that the members have abandoned their principles.
She quoted Helen Zille, former leader of the DA, who said the party battles for its soul, and added that the fight has not been won yet.
The DA has been hollowed out from the inside. It is a shell of its former self. Its members have abandoned their principles, but I cannot abandon mine.
De Lille went on to say the DA was "hijacked and captured" under the leadership of Mmusi Maimane by unreformed nationalists.
Quite dramatically, de Lille says witnessing this battle was like watching a child die slowly. It was hard to accept.
The former member added that a group of white men are preventing Maimane from truly making the DA diverse.
Apparently, these nationalists use apartheid-era tactics to take out those who were opposed to their views.
They established “commissions” that, without any evidence or real legal outcome, allowed baseless allegations to be publicly probed under a guise of authenticity. They concocted and leaked faked documents to the media, forced revotes if the “right” candidate was not elected and undermined disciplinary processes to promote inept loyalists and discredit opponents.
De Lille blames these same behind-the-scene conspirators for the allegations of corruption against her.
For the past year some in the DA have relentlessly persecuted me using the same tactics. Unsubstantiated allegations have been leaked to the media.
The politician says she is happy to no longer be part of the DA, whom she calls toxic.
As Briefly.co.za reported earlier, de Lille formed her own party, about which the country is still unsure.
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