- Ex-president Thabo Mbeki says he is concerned over the latest developments in the Democratic Alliance
- Mbeki says he understands Mmusi Maimane's resignation to have ties to racism
- The former president is adamant that political parties in South Africa have a constitutional obligation to stride towards a non-racial country
Thabo Mbeki has put forward his opinions on the situation facing the DA, labelling them as concerning.
Commenting on Mmusi Maimane's resignation, the former president understood the move to be linked to racism:
“In this context, I wish to emphasise that, consistent with our constitution, all our registered political formations have an absolute obligation, practically, to contribute to the national effort to make ours a non-racial country."
Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF had also taken this development as tied to discrimination in a scathing statement recently released.
Mbeki says that it would be of great concern if it turned out that South Africa's official opposition party is enduring a leadership crisis due to 'racist tendency'.
“The DA has an imperative obligation to reassure the nation, practically, unequivocally and transparently, that it is conducting and will conduct itself in terms of all its internal and public policies and programmes, in a manner which truly helps to transform SA into a non-racial country."
TimesLIVE reports that former chief whip John Steenhuisen is currently a front runner for the top job, with nominations for the position of opposition leader open until Friday night.
Helen Zille revealed that the party will be appointing interim leadership until an election can be held in April next year.
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