Zille: I didn't attack Lindiwe

Helen Zille has denied claims that she launched a scathing attack on Lindiwe Mazibuko.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille says claims that she verbally attacked her Lindiwe Mazibuko at a recent party meeting are misleading and concocted.

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

Shortly after the elections Mazibuko revealed she intends taking time out from politics to study abroad at Harvard University.

Zille has issued a newsletter saying the Sunday Times made false claims about what happened at a DA meeting on Friday.

The article claims the DA leader hit out at Mazibuko and said she 'made' and 'saved' Mazibuko on many occasions.

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

She says she didn't launch any sort of scathing attack on Mazibuko, adding it's unfortunate some in the DA may be furnishing the media with selective leaks in order to advance their own agendas.

Meanwhile, the DA's federal chairman says he is not interested in putting his name forward for the position of parliamentary leader.

James Selfe says he was asked to apply after Mazibuko's sudden departure.

He says he thought long and hard about whether or not he should avail himself for the post.

"I decided that given the nature and extent of my responsibilities as chairperson of the DA's federal executive, it would not be appropriate for me to make myself available for this position. Therefore, I decline to make myself available."

Mazibuko's replacement is expected to be announced later this month.