- The DA's former policy head, Gwen Ngwenya, will not be taking up a seat in Parliament for the party
- Instead, she said she would be returning to the financial technology sector
- She said she hoped to work on issues related to technology and public policy
Gwen Ngwenya, the former DA head of policy, has declined to become a member of of the sixth democratic Parliament.
Ngwenya announced her decision on Twitter on Thursday.
In her message, she wished the other MPs a "successful term".
Ngwenya previously served as the COO of the Institute of Race Relations before taking up her her former position as the DA's head of policy. However, she resigned from that post in January.
In her resignation letter, Ngwenya was highly critical of the DA leadership - particularly Mmusi Maimane - not taking policy seriously enough. She also said that the party did not give her adequate support in order to perform her job properly.
Following her resignation as policy head, Ngwenya remained a member of the party, according to News 24, but now will not be taking up a seat on the opposition benches.
Nevertheless, she praised some of the incoming DA MPs as "great people" and wished them luck .
She added that she had worked in the financial technology sector before entering the world of public policy, and that she would be returning to that area, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Ngwenya said, in particular, she wanted to focus on "issues at the nexus of tech and public policy".
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