Reports: Internal tension within DA

Helen Zille said it's natural there will be intense jostling for top jobs in the DA after elections.

Democratic Alliance leadership, from left, Wilmot James, Helen Zille and Mmusi Maimane. Picture: @Mabine_Seabe

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille said it's natural there will be intense jostling for top jobs in the party after elections.

There have been reports of internal tensions within the country's main opposition party.

This started with the sudden departure of Lindiwe Mazibuko as DA Parliamentary leader which sparked claims of a fall out between herself and Zille.

But the DA leader said this is how the political game is played.

"When such a vacancy arises there are people who will compete for that position. Some sit in meetings understating how to use and abuse information to advance leadership, that happens in all parties."

Earlier Zille said claims that she verbally attacked Mazibuko at a recent party meeting are misleading and concocted.

The DA leader denied ever saying she 'made' or 'saved' her outgoing parliamentary leader.

Zille is adamant the claims are false and added that she answered questions about Mazibuko's recent decision to leave Parliament in a dispassionate and accurate way.