De Lille warned Maimane elements in the DA would seek his removal

De Lille warned Maimane elements in the DA would seek his removal

- Minister Patricia De Lille says Mmusi Maimane is getting a taste of the same medicine he once served her

- The DA leader is facing scandals that he himself suspects stem from within the opposition party

- De Lille is adamant she had warned Maimane about working with those who would one day seek to remove him from the party

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Patricia De Lille has taken a moment to tell Mmusi Maimane, essentially - I told you so.

In an interview with eNCA, the Minister had revealed she had warned Maimane that one day, elements in the DA would seek to remove him as they had done to her:

"If he (Maimane) had listened at the time when I told him that he was working with them to get me out, you are the spokesperson for this cabal, one day this cabal is going to turn on you. That's exactly what has happened." reported that Maimane had been facing scandals on two fronts, one over his R4 million house rented from a businessman, which he had declared as an asset in Parliament.

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The other, more serious, debacle concerns a Forturner that former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste had rented for Maimane.

The Democratic Alliance has announced a probe into whether or not Maimane had refused to return the car once the true nature of the now-defunct entity was exposed.

Maimane insists that those within the party who are seeking to 'smear' his reputation 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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