15 May 2019

South Africa: DA Infighting - Maimane Contradicts Party Chair's Comments On Limp Election Performance


A federal council, the DA's top decision and policy structure between congresses, is being brought forward from its initial July date to make key decisions after the DA's election let-down -- and to stop party unity from fraying. The party leadership doesn't appear to be on the same page. While DA leader Mmusi Maimane wrote to members that he accepted personal responsibility for the poll results, DA federal chairperson Athol Trollip publicly talked about collective responsibility. At stake is the DA's character, and decisions will not be uncontested.

Emphasising that DA leader Mmusi Maimane would remain put until the party's next congress in 2021, DA federal chairperson Athol Trollip told Monday's media briefing on the federal executive's elections post-mortem: "As members of the federal executive... we all take responsibility for the outcomes of elections -- whether good or bad. That burden does not sit on the shoulders of an individual."

Not only did the collective responsibility comment anger several in the DA ranks -- that is not how the fit-for-purpose DA does its thing -- it also contradicted what Maimane told members on Monday in a letter Daily Maverick has seen.

In the letter, which may well be an opening...

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