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Maimane denies plans to topple him

DA’s Mmusi Maimane has strongly denied there is a move for a vote of no confidence against him.

DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and Mmusi Maimane attend the State of the Nation Address. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance's National Spokesperson and Johannesburg Caucus Leader Mmusi Maimane has strongly denied there is a move for a vote of no confidence against him.

The _Mail & Guardian _on Friday reported that four unnamed provincial party leaders confirmed there was a plan to oust Maimane amid accusations of incompetence and maladministration.

This relates to an alleged investigation into money given by the City of Johannesburg for the DA's end of year party in 2012 and that proper procurement processes were not followed.

Maimane said these claims were not true and the DA caucus paid for the function.

"I called for an investigation and asked that even our own leadership look into the matter so that we can get to the bottom of it. So when people go out to newspapers and paint pictures as though there have been a financial irregularity that is complete fabrication."

He said people always try to lobby for positions just before elections and that this was merely the nature of politics.

Meanwhile, DA Gauteng Leader John Moodey has described the reports of a plot as "hogwash".

"It is definitely some people who are hoping to pull our attention away from our focus which is to run a campaign to win Gauteng in 2014 but that's not going to happen."

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