- Herman Mashaba has called for an urgent investigation into how internal communication was leaked to the Institute of Race Relations
- This comes after a message he had sent to party members was posted to social media by the institute's Hermann Pretorius
- The Joburg Mayor claims that the opposition party is being 'controlled' by the entity
Herman Mashaba has lashed out after a text he had sent to Democratic Alliance members was apparently leaked.
The Johannesburg Mayor has called for an 'urgent investigation' into how this 'internal communication' got into the hands of Hermann Pretorius, Campaigns Co-ordinator for the IRR.
Briefly.co.za reported that Pretorius had caused havoc within the party when he penned an article on how the DA's redemption depended on 'white man' Alan Winde.
In the message, which prompted Mashaba to call for a probe, Mashaba had cautioned for members to stop 'open hatred for black people because it will continue making it difficult for us as a party to attract them'.
Mashaba challenged Pretorius to share the rest of the messages that followed the 'leaked' message, urging him not to be selective in what he shared with the nation.
With Mashaba among those who deny that a 'race war' is underway within the Democratic Alliance, it seems as if the party is suffering from division at an awkward time.
The position of Federal Council chairperson has attracted the attention of Helen Zille, whose campaign to secure the top job has drawn the ire of others in the opposition party.
While Pretorius clearly intended to do some reputational damage with his social media post, many came out in firm support of Mashaba.
Have a look at some of the reactions to the situation below:
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