- Mmusi Maimane says that he is here to stay, despite calls for him to resign as DA leader
- Adamant that he had been elected by delegates and not individuals, Maimane seems confident in his position
- After surviving a tough week of backlash and scrutiny, Maimane appears focused on the task at hand
Mmusi Maimane isn't going anywhere, apparently unfazed at the buzz over calls for his resignation.
Briefly.co.za reported that the opposition leader had emerged unscathed from an investigation into his lifestyle.
The Democratic Alliance leader has been facing mounting calls for his resignation, but says that no single person has appointed or removed a leader in the party, telling DispatchLIVE:
“It is the congress that elects leadership. It is the congress of the people of the DA who are committed to the vision of SA for all, who elect leaders. There I sit in the organisation where delegates and citizens, who are committed to that vision, are working towards it."
The Sunday Times reported that ex-party boss Tony Leon had allegedly asked Maimane to resign from his post as opposition leader.
With party members adamant that there was no 'race war' currently underway in the DA, Maimane had claimed those who were working against him were not only against 'diversity', but hell-bent on the return of the 'old DA'.
While Helen Zille has gained the attention of the public with her bid to contest the elections for the position of Federal Council Chairperson, Maimane pointed out that other candidates were also taking part:
“As the DA, we are giving people chances to stand. But my focus is not on who contests. It is on building the organisation. No one is going to be special. Our vision is to build the organisation. You will see in this congress the DA is going to come out of it with one view."
Zille has emerged from her short-lived retirement in a bid to get the party she once led 'back on track'.
TimesLIVE reports that Maimane had been focused on an oversight visit in the community of Komani, where residents gave him their endorsement:
“We are happy with the work he has done and we hope they will allow him to finish his term, Maimane deserves more.”
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