- Mmusi Maimane is currently being investigated amid controversy surrounding Steinhoff donations made to the DA
- Federal chairperson Athol Trollip says that the leading opposition party received funding from the infamous company, but had 'no idea' exactly how much
- This comes after it was alleged that Maimane had enjoyed the use of a luxury vehicle funded by former CEO Markus Jooste
Mmusi Maimane will be subjected to a Democratic Alliance probe into claims that he did not 'immediately' return a vehicle rented by Steinhoff.
Briefly.co.za reported that the DA leader had come under fire after it was alleged he had held onto a Fortuner rented for him by infamous former CEO Markus Jooste, despite warnings from party members.
In an interview with 702, the party's federal chairperson, Athol Trollip, confirmed that the party would be investigating the matter.
Trollip claims that while Maimane had been attending a fundraising interview at the company, the vehicle he and a colleague had used failed to start.
After being spotted pushing the car after the meeting one of Steinhoff's directors intervened, explained Trollip:
"They were seen pushing the car in the carpark after the interview. One of the directors said ‘this is ridiculous’, and he offered a vehicle and the vehicle was offered to the Democratic Alliance for the use of the leader and Mmusi Maimane used it."
The Citizen reports that during the interview, Trollip had admitted the party had enjoyed financial support from the company but said he had 'no idea' exactly how much had been donated.
Ex-CEO Markus Jooste, who allegedly organised the vehicle for Maimane, has been accused of being behind the collapse that saw the company losing R100 billion in the space of 48 hours in one of the greatest cases of corporate fraud in the country's history.
South Africans have suffered approximately R20 billion worth of lost pension funds following the collapse.
Meanwhile, the opposition party has blasted the Institute of Race Relations after they published an article claiming that Maimane should be replaced by a 'white man' as the leader of the DA.
The controversy surrounding Maimane at the moment has raised suspicions that elements within the party are plotting his downfall.
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