- Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko says she would never return to the party if the offer ever arose
- After resigning from the opposition she had denied any bad blood between her and the party
- But now, Mazibuko claims the DA has been captured by a 'certain faction'
Former Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko says her days in the party are long over.
After resigning back in 2014, Mazibuko had claimed she was off to study at Harvard University in an attempt to 'broaden her prospects'.
TimesLIVE reports that the politician had denied differences with former party leader Helen Zille, adamant that she would even consider returning to the party.
Now, the situation has changed according to Mazibuko, who told eNCA that the party has been 'captured by a certain faction'.
The departure of black leaders like former leader Mmusi Maimane and ex-Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba were due to the DA not accommodating diverse voices, says Mazibuko:
“It is quite clear that there's quite an exodus of some of the most talented people in that organisation. It is captured by a certain faction."
Mazibuko went on to speculate that a power tug-of-war was underway within the party:
“I think there is a challenge in opposition where there are dominant factions who challenge for power and leadership. My view is that the opposition is in crisis to challenge the status quo."
Mazibuko feels that political parties that aren't democratic in nature won't be able to govern democratically.
Briefly.co.za reported that two political heavyweights recently joined forces with Mashaba, who is set to launch his party later this year.
Former DA CEO Paul Boughey and Joburg caucus leader Funzela Ngobeni have both thrown in the towel in favour of joining the movement.
Ngobeni commented on his resignation, saying that he didn't want to dwell on negativity:
"I have no intention of dwelling on too much negativity, as I know many of you are already battling to come to terms with the trajectory the party has taken lately. Suffice to say I have taken the decision to join Herman Mashaba's efforts, effective tomorrow, to build a new political alternative in South Africa which will put the people of our country at the centre of its efforts.”
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