- Mmusi Maimane says that he has 'disagreed fundamentally' with Helen Zille, who is campaigning for a hotly-contested position in the DA
- The opposition leader was adamant that the Institute for Race Relations, which Zille had been a part of until recently, had treated him like a 'domestic worker'
- The entity had recently called for his removal, something Maimane denounced in the strongest terms
Mmusi Maimane has commented on the Institute for Race Relations' campaign to 'save the opposition'.
Briefly.co.za reported that the IRR had called for Maimane to step down and allow Alan Winde to take over and rescue the politicial party.
Speaking to Power FM, Maimane said that he had 'disagreed fundamentally' with Zille and didn't subscribe to 'right-wing movements' like the IRR.
While the entity identifies as liberals, some view them to be right-wing. Maimane commented on the recent call for his removal:
“If the IRR must involve itself in internal party policy, it’s an overstepping of its job. It’s supposed to provide ideas and ideals."
The opposition leader felt that the call for his ousting was akin to “some sort of domestic worker relationship where they can tell me when to come and when to go”.
This, according to the politician was an attitude in South Africa that 'we must all stand up against'.
Maimane felt that the campaign had revealed a “patronising, supremacist approach that is dangerous”.
As far as Zille's bid to obtain a high-ranking position in the party, Maimane was not keen on saying much:
“She is a member of the DA, which means she’s entitled to any position she likes. It would be unfair to prejudice the election by saying what would happen after you vote for Zille. Candidates must campaign. The only conditions upon which I will not work with any candidate is when we depart from the principle of a non-racial SA, one based on justice."
News24 reports that as far as his relationship with the former Western Cape premier is concerned, Maimane wants to keep things professional:
“We’ve disagreed fundamentally on those issues but I treat her with the professional courtesy she deserves."
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