- Helen Zille says she wants to give getting the Democratic Alliance back on track one more a shot
- The former party leader has thrown her hat into the ring for the position of Federal Council Chair
- This comes after allegations that Mmusi Maimane had been asked to resign as opposition leader
Helen Zille has emerged from retirement, aiming to get her political home 'back on track' after 'trauma and turmoil'.
Briefly.co.za reported that DA leader Mmusi Maimane is under threat of removal, with yet another former party head, Tony Leon, reportedly spearheading the efforts to dethrone him.
A Sunday Times report had claimed that Leon and other senior party members had urged Maimane to resign.
With allegations over his lifestyle prompting an internal probe into his rented Cape Town abode and a Steinhoff-linked Fortuner, salt has been added to the wounds of the party's grim election performance.
In an interview with 702, Helen Zille says that she had been tempted out of living her 'best life' by the urge to return to politics by 'several people' who had encouraged her to contest the election for Federal Council chairperson.
If she manages to succeed in being elected to the position, Zille hopes to unify the party, commenting that:
"If the DA dies, South Africa's democracy dies. That is why we need to get it onto a growing and going course again."
The former Western Cape premier dismissed the possibility of her return being in any way racially motivated, insisting that:
"No one in the DA has done more to diversify the party than I did. This is all just resorting to the race argument."
Meanwhile, Maimane is adamant that the 'smear campaign' launched against him in the party is propelled by those who wish to see the return of the 'old DA' and the end of diversity.
When probed as to her relationship with the opposition head, Zille was adamant that things are 'cordial and professional', although she suspects that he might dub it 'strained'.
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