Helen Zille claims that she had been publicly shamed by the Democratic Alliance during the elections in an attempt to woo black voters. The opposition party has rejected her claims, saying that Zille had been an integral part of their campaign, participating until the end.
The Democratic Alliance has denied claims put forward by former Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille.
Zille released an opinion article over the weekend, claiming that the party had publicly shamed her in an attempt to draw black voters ahead of the elections.
Athol Trollip, federal chair for the DA, denies these claims, commenting that Zille had been involved, not shunned:
“To the contrary, actually, she was involved in the campaign right up until the end of the campaign. So, if she was being crushed out of the campaign, she wouldn’t have been participating. Helen Zille participated and promoted the DA across the country; she was an integral part of our campaign.”
Zille had suggested that the alleged smear campaign she had been subjected to was an election strategy put into place by the DA's leadership, reports Eyewitness News.
The DA refused to be drawn into speculation of plans to discipline Zille for her comments, insisting that she was now simply a member of the party.
Meanwhile, party leader Mmusi Maimane announced that James Selfe, veteran federal executive and council chair, would be stepping down in October.
Selfe, who served in that role for nearly two decades, is expected to head the party's governance unit, which aims to support the DA's governments to ensure they deliver better services to the people of SA.
Maimane commented on Selfe's departure, saying in a statement that:
"This unit will require strong leadership to ensure that we accelerate delivery towards the next elections. James has both the skill, experience and institutional knowledge to spearhead this new unit, and I welcome this decision."
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