James: Maimane & Trollip must reveal campaign donors

The DA’s rules for internal election require candidates to inform the party of all donations.

FILE: Democratic Alliance (DA) leadership hopeful Wilmot James on Wednesday said he'll make any donations toward his election campaign public.  Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leadership hopeful Wilmot James on Wednesday said he'll make any donations toward his election campaign public.

He's challenged the leadership race favourite Mmusi Maimane to do the same.

James also wants Eastern Cape DA leader Athol Trollip, who is standing for the position of party chairperson, to publicly disclose funds he gets to run his campaign.

So far, James has one donor, himself, but he said that if he spends more than his R100,000 limit, he will reveal the names of his funders and how much they are giving him.

James has given his main rival, Maimane, until Sunday to do the same.

Maimane's campaign manager Geordin Hill-Lewis said it's a gimmick.

"We are running a positive and constructive campaign, based on a vision for the future of the DA in South Africa and we won't be distracted by stunts."

The DA's rules for internal election require candidates to inform the party of all donations.

Hill-Lewis said funds have been pouring in for Maimane, but many donors want to remain anonymous.

He said they're playing by the book.

The two main contenders for outgoing leader Helen Zille's crown were also engaging in a series of internal party debates, setting out what they have to offer at candidate meetings in Port Elizabeth and on Tuesday in Cape Town.

On Thursday, they will be in Gauteng where 147 delegates to the DA's congress next month have publicly declared their support for Maimane.

The 147 signatures include the names of senior Gauteng politicians, but not that of provincial leader John Moodey, suggesting the province may be divided over who should lead the party.