- Mmusi Maimane has penned a public letter to the DA and its supporters
- In the letter, he takes responsiblity for the party's stumble in this year's election
- Maimane also said that he has established a review process to investigate what the DA did wrong in this election cycle
DA leader Mmusi Maimane says he takes full responsibility for his party's disappointing performance in this year's election.
He made the remarks in a public statement.
This comes after the DA slipped to 20% in the polls - down 2% from 2014.
Maimane issued a public letter addressed to the DA leadership, members, activists and representatives. In it, he acknowledges that the DA has taken a step backwards.
"Without doubt, we made mistakes," the letter reads.
In the letter, Maimane continues by taking full responsibility for the party's election performance, but adds that his intentions were good and that he tried his best.
He also expanded upon the DA's vision, saying the party had a moral duty to uphold the political centre rather than shift to the left or right in pursuit of votes, according to Sowetan Live.
Additionally, Maimane said that the DA would learn from its mistakes.
He said he had already established a review process which would investigate and evaluate the party's performance in this election to find out where it weaknesses lay. He said that this process would be led by an impartial outsider.
However, Maimane did also point to factors outside of the DA which cost the party votes. One of these is Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership of the ANC.
Maimane claims that Ramaphosa's popularity essentially allowed the ANC to escape voters' wrath over issues like corruption and government mismanagement, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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