- One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane has lashed out at former DA leader Tony Leon
- Leon called Maimane a failed experiment when he was elected leader of the DA
- Maimane struck back and defended his decisions and reminded Leon that he is a human being and not a science study
One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane has taken exception to former DA leader Tony Leon's criticism of him in an interview with News24.
Maimane was elected leader of the DA in 2015 and according to Leon, Maimane was an "experiment that went wrong".
Leon accused Maimane of neglecting the DA's voters and instead focuses on a constituency that was not under DA control.
Maimane hit back and tweeted that "I am a human being. Not your science study."
Maimane also defended the decisions he made while he was the leader of the DA and his reaction to the passing of Winne Madikizela Mandela.
"For context, @TonyLeonSA makes these offensive remarks because I wanted the party to celebrate the life of #WinnieMadikizelaMandela when she passed and to expand the party base beyond its traditional voters.
That was the right thing to do and I stand by those decisions."
"Imagine being the second largest party and saying nothing when an icon like Winnie Madikizela Mandela passes on.
That would reflect a lack of ubuntu and a lack of sensitivity to the moment. I was not going to do that.
Celebrating her life was the right thing to do."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that politician Mmusi Maimane created a bit of amusement online after sharing a few images of some ministers he believes 'need to rest'. Maimane called for a Cabinet reshuffle in a recent post shared on Twitter.
The ministers that Maimane says need to rest are Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande, Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula and Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
Maimane shared a follow-up tweet asking his followers if there are any other ministers they believe should join the list. South Africans took to the politician's replies section where various discussions were started.
In other news, Maimane slammed his former party, the DA. Maimane spoke against the current leader John Steenhuisen's announcement that the DA would work with the ANC as long as President Cyril Ramaphosa, saying that this would make the DA a faction of the ANC.
Maimane said that there is no good ANC and bad ANC, there is just the ANC.
He said that the DA announced that the DA is open to a coalition with factions within the ANC as long as Ramaphosa is in charge.
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