DA affirms support for Maimane as party leader

Charles Molele

Mmusi Maimane’s job as DA leader is safe – at least for now.

The federal deputy chairperson Athol Trollip told the media on Monday that the party’s federal executive meeting on Monday was “unambiguous” in its support for Maimane.

“We would like to state that Mr Maimane remains our leader until a Federal Congress, scheduled for 2021 decides otherwise,” said Trollip.

“As the Leadership of the Party, at both a National and Provincial Level, we are unambiguous in our support for Mr Maimane who has led the DA with exemption since the 2015 Nelson Mandela Bay Federal Congress, and his unopposed election in 2018.”

He dismissed reports that the party’s poor performance during the elections should be put squarely on Maimane’s shoulders.   

“We all take responsibility of the outcome of the results. Maimane remains our leader until federal congress in 2020. When we set our 2019 elections targets, we did so under very different internal and external circumstances. This was on the back of terrific and inspiring outcomes in 2016,” said Trollip.

“There will be a review of the organisational structure and how we can best operate as a party that occupies governments that serve around 15-million people, and the way we campaign. This review will be in consultation with all stakeholders of the Party,” Trollip concluded.

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