DA members left caucus meeting in tears after leaders rejected plans

DA members left caucus meeting in tears after leaders rejected plans

A report indicates that 4 DA Members of Parliament walked out of a caucus meeting after bursting into tears. This came after party leaders shot down their proposals for taking a radical stance on gender-based violence in SA.

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A report by TimesLIVE revealed that DA party leaders, including Mmusi Maimane, has shot down proposals from members to take a radical stance on gender-based violence.

The members, led by Phumzile van Damme and Luyolo Mphithi, were hoping proposals could be raised in the National Assembly on Thursday.

They also wanted the caucus to stage a sit-in on the floor of the assembly chamber until the president addressed the issue.

However, Maimane apparently said this proposed plan of action would defeat the party's agenda for that day - the assembly would debate a DA-sponsored motion on unemployment.

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Briefly.co.za gathered that Van Damme and Mphithi burst into tears when their proposals were shot down.

Furthermore, other MPs, Nazley Sharif and Hannah Winkler, also started crying before leaving too.

The four members sat together during the caucus meeting and raised their hands, according to the report.

The asked that the DA do more to support the protesters who were speaking up against the way women are treated.

However, Maimane, Annelie Lotriet (DA caucus chair) and John Steenhuisen (chief whip) dismissed their proposals during an argument that is said to have lasted about half an hour.

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When asked to comment, Steenhuisen said:

"All caucus decisions are taken after debate and deliberations and are settled by consensus, and where there is no consensus, by vote."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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