- Mmusi Maimane isn't happy with the Institute of Race Relations calling for him to step down as leader of the DA
- However, he's not too worried as he thinks he has enough support within the party to keep his position
- Maimane says the report isn't the Bible and they can modify what needs to be modified in it
Mmusi Maimane's future as the Democratic Alliance's leader hangs in the balance as the party's leaders meet this weekend to deliberate a report that is calling for him to step down.
According to him, the report isn't the Bible, as reported on by SowetanLIVE.
"There are a lot of recommendations that sit there and I think that some are good but this is a report that’s not the Bible. We must look at it, take what we need to take out of it and modify what we need to modify because we are the ones who are the custodians of the organisation."
The report has caused waves in the political world as the Institute of Race Relations has been slammed for their 'unethical' stance over an article saying that Maimane should be replaced by a 'white man'.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Institute claimed that the 'seed of the DA's recovery has been planted by a white man in the Western Cape', adamant that Alan Winde should lead the party. The Democratic Alliance was left fuming at the notion, with Chief Whip John Steenhuisen lashing out at in a post to social media which encouraged citizens to donate in the same breath it lauded Winde as the best replacement for Maimane.
Maimane told Power FM that he had 'disagreed fundamentally' with Helen 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 DA leader said that the party's constitution doesn't have a recall clause and that its leaders can only be removed at congress which is held every three years.
He feels confident that if the party does adopt the report's recommendation that they hold an early elective congress, he has enough support to get re-elected.
"So to the question as to whether they would elect or not elect, that’s the decision they will have to make when they go to congress when the congress is called. I’m comfortable enough to know I have a vision to pursue and a cause to fight for."
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