- Democratic Alliance interim leader John Steenhuisen has his own opinion on why John Moodey suddenly resigned
- Steenhuisen claimed that the sudden move was because Moodey was attempting to avoid serious charges against him
- The current opposition leader claims that the DA hadn't wanted the charges to be made public
John Moodey's sudden resignation was an attempt to dodge serious charges against him according to John Steenhuisen.
The interim Democratic Alliance leader held a media briefing on Thursday to address the Gauteng leader's surprise exit from the party.
Steenhuisen said that Moodey was facing serious charges of misconduct for attempting to frame a political opponent in a scandal as well as trying to bribe councillors into providing false evidence.
The interim DA boss claimed that the party hadn't wanted these issues to be aired in the public sphere:
"However, we cannot allow a false set of circumstances to prevail and for lies to now be allowed to settle and eventually become the facts."
Meanwhile, Moodey claims that the party will experience more resignations as black leaders within its ranks throw in the towel:
"I believe that there will be more leaders, more so black leaders who will be leaving the DA because just like me, they feel that this is no longer a political home for them."
eNCA reports that Moodey had labelled the party as 'irrelevant' shortly after his resignation:
"I believe that the party has become irrelevant. We have gone through a bad patch in 2019. I believe that it was more internal causes than external. There were tensions between black and white. There were tensions between the right to centre liberals against us. It wasn't managed properly, and Mmusi had to go."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Moodey had announced his resignation claiming that the DA was no longer his political home and that he no longer felt comfortable within the party.
In addition to shunning the party, Moodey had claimed that he could no longer stomach comments made by Helen Zille.
In response to this sudden move, the DA had dubbed Moodey's resignation an unfortunate mistake in contrast to Steenhuisen's comments on the matter.
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