DA unfazed by member defection to ANC

The DA says the defection of four of its members bears no reference to cracks in the party.

Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the fact that four of its councillors in Tshwane have defected to the African National Congress (ANC) is mere politicking and bears no reference to cracks within the party.

The ANC's deputy chairperson in Tshwane Mapiti Matsena announced earlier this week the party was welcoming four DA members who would leave in pairs during the next two council meetings.

Four other DA councillors from Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg joined the ANC last month, claiming black people in the DA were not given room to grow.

But DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane says the party does not compromise when it comes to who should be on its list.

"We don't compromise on who we put on our list, we want the best. When you have councillors and public reps who end up lower on the list they then make themselves available to other political parties. But that is the nature of who the politicians are and much less to do with what the DA is doing."