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ANC welcomes two DA councillors

The two councillors say DA Leader Helen Zille has failed to address internal racial issues.

The Gauteng branch of the ruling party has welcomed two DA councillors into its ranks. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng ANC on Thursday introduced two former Democratic Alliance (DA) councillors into the party.

According to the ruling party, more members of the official opposition will also join the ANC.

Both councillors say they left the DA because apartheid is still prevalent in its ranks.

The two former councillors, Tshwane ward 58 councillor Sam Moimane and City of Tshwane councillor Sello Maila, say DA Leader Helen Zille failed to address internal racial issues.

They charge the DA only gives a few black members leadership opportunities.

Last week, the DA announced Agang SA Leader Mamphela Ramphele would stand as the party's presidential candidate.

It said Ramphele had an international reputation and would attract black voters.

But amid confusion over her right to remain a member of AgangSA, Ramphele decided to step aside just a few days later.

Moimane says Zille's decision to appoint Ramphele, even though it was short-lived, pushed him to join the ANC.

He says he has no problem with the DA's policies but is concerned with the way the party is tackling racial issues.

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