Zille denies attacking outgoing Mazibuko

Helen Zille has rubbished claims she attacked Lindiwe Mazibuko at a recent DA meeting.

FILE. The DA leader has rubbished claims she attacked Lindiwe Mazibuko at a recent DA federal executive meeting. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille has denied saying that she 'made' or 'saved' the party's former parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.

In her response to today's report in the Sunday Times, Zille says she never attacked Mazibuko at a recent DA federal executive meeting in Johannesburg.

Mazibuko announced after the elections that she will be studying abroad instead of returning to parliament.

There's been ongoing speculation that the relationship between Zille and the outgoing parliamentary leader had broken down.

Today's Sunday Times contains claims that Zille launched an attack on Mazibuko during a recent heated DA meeting, saying she 'made' and 'saved' her on several occasions.

But in the DA leader's response to these claims, she says it's not true and that she only took responsibility for mistakes made in parliament in an attempt to protect Mazibuko.

Zille also says that after Mazibuko was elected as the DA's parliamentary leader, major decisions were taken without reference to Zille and her advice was ignored.

She has however admitted that when Mazibuko initially wanted to run for position of parliamentary leader, she advised against it but later supported her campaign, as it would benefit diversity in the party.