- Reports claim that Mmusi Maimane is facing a campaign to remove him as leader of the DA
- Tony Leon has allegedly joined forces with other party members who are calling for Maimane to get the boot
- While speculation is rife that Helen Zille might be supporting the movement they remain unproven
Mmusi Maimane is facing pressure from internal forces in the Democratic Alliance, seeking to dethrone him.
A Sunday Times article reported that Tony Leon, as well as other 'right-wing' elements in the party, have formed part of the fightback against him
Briefly.co.za reported that Maimane had been subjected to an investigation after information against him was leaked to the media.
However, this seems to have done little to sway those who wish to see the back of him with several DA leaders claiming a campaign is underway against him, reports IOL.
Known as the 1955 Committee, the group is allegedly displeased with Maimane's stance on President Cyril Ramaphosa, fearing that deputy David Mabuza will be deployed in his stead.
Maimane spearheaded the effort to hold Ramaphosa accountable for a R500 000 donation from the tainted BOSASA group for his CR17 campaign.
The opposition leader had been vocally pursuing accountability in the debacle, filing a complaint with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba had come to Maimane's defence, commenting that:
“I am angry and disappointed by the cowardly act of some racists within the party who claim to be liberal. If they don’t want to see a DA with black and white members, they must pack their bags and go and live in Orania."
Maimane himself is adamant that those behind efforts to dethrone him are determined to see the return of the 'old DA', against diversity in the party.
With Helen Zille campaigning for the position of Federal Council chairperson, Maimane's challenges seem far from over. Rumours that she has joined the efforts to oust Maimane have yet to be proven.
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