Maimane: 'Smear campaign' plot by those who want the 'old' DA back

Maimane: 'Smear campaign' plot by those who want the 'old' DA back

- Mmusi Maimane claims false information is being planted by those in the DA who are against diversity

- The DA leader discussed what he claims is a 'smear campaign' against him following a string of controversial reports

- Maimane is adamant that those behind the debacle are on a mission to see the return of the 'old DA'

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Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says that the scandal surrounding him lately has been provoked by those in the party who wish to see the return of the 'old DA'. reported that the opposition leader had been dealing with concerns over a Steinhoff-donated Fortuner, as well as a scandal concerning his rented Cape Town home.

The Citizen reports that Maimane insists false information is being planted by DA members who are against diversity:

“People want to retain the DA as an organisation focused on the past. I wanted to bring diversity and sometimes when you bring diverse lists, some people are left out. Also, on the leadership battle in Parliament, you need a diverse group that represents all South Africans."

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READ ALSO: Mmusi Maimane facing DA probe into Steinhoff Fortuner debacle

Nevertheless, the politician insists that he will keep on fighting the good fight for his vision, despite the backlash from elements within his own party.

The Rapport had revealed that Maimane had been enjoying the use of a Toyota Fortuner, which had been rented for him by the infamous and now-defunct Steinhoff company.

Maimane insists that there was no way for him to have known about the fraud taking place at the entity, with over R100 billion lost in just 48 hours in late 2017.

The party has confirmed that it would be probing claims that Maimane had held onto the vehicle despite warnings from his colleagues.

DA federal chairperson Athol Trollip has admitted that the party had accepted donations from the company, but had been unable to confirm exact figures.

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