- The Institute of Race Relations recently released an article saying Western Cape Premier Alan Winde should lead the DA
- To add insult to injury, the institute encouraged citizens to donate in order to 'take a stand'
- The DA has lashed out at what it has dubbed both opportunistic and unethical behaviour
The Institute of Race Relations has been slammed for their 'unethical' stance over an article saying that Mmusi Maimane should be replaced by a 'white man'.
The Institute claimed that the 'seed of the DA's recovery has been planted by a white man in the Western Cape', adamant that Alan Winde should lead the party.
The Democratic Alliance was left fuming at the notion, with Chief Whip John Steenhuisen lashing out at in a post to social media which encouraged citizens to donate in the same breath it lauded Winde as the best replacement for Maimane:
"The disgusting naked opportunism displayed by the IRR with this tweet is low-politics. The reference to race the antithesis of their mission. What are you going to use the money for? Influencing and paying off DA congress delegates and elected decision making bodies?"
Member of Parliament Phumzile Van Damme also slammed the Institute commenting that:
"This unethical on so many levels. So 1. The IRR pronounces that Alan Winde should be the next Leader of the 2. Give your money to the IRR to “take a stand.” So a donation to the IRR will influence the outcome of Congress where DA members *delegates* & not the IRR votes"
To make things even more awkward, former DA leader Helen Zille is currently senior policy fellow, writer and analyst at the institute.
Briefly.co.za reported that scrutiny over Mmusi Maimane's house and a Fortuner donated by infamous company Steinhoff had led to speculation that forces within the party were attempting to remove him as their leader.
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