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Leon ‘surprised’ by Mazibuko's decision

The former DA leader says the reaction to the announcement has not been ideal.

Former Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. Picture: supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon on Monday admitted he was surprised by Lindiwe Mazibuko's decision to step down as parliamentary leader.

The decision was announcement shortly after the 2014 general election results were declared.

According to weekend reports, there is speculation of a rift between Mazibuko and DA leader Helen Zille.

Zille however denied reports of disputes involving the former parliamentary leader.

She accused the Sunday Times of publishing misleading articles and falsely quoting her on Mazibuko's departure.

Leon says the reaction to the announcement has not been ideal.

"I think the timing is unfortunate and I think a lot of the counter-reaction has made a difficult situation far worse."