Zille accused of destroying DA

Lennit Max accused Helen Zille of trying to end the careers of black DA members who disagree with her.

FILE: Former Democratic alliance leader Helen Zille during her final address as party head at the party's national congress in Port Elizabeth. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has been accused of destroying the political party.

Zille and former Member of Parliament Lennit Max are involved in a public spat which was revealed in heated email exchanges.

Max has accused the former DA leader of trying to end the careers of black DA members who disagree with her.

"We had Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Lindiwe Mazibuko and now it's me. She was instrumental in getting Lindiwe into leadership then Lindiwe realised she could take decisions for herself.

Max has also accused the Western Cape premier of spying on him.

However Zille's spokesperson Michael Mpofu says it was in fact the African National Congress that accused Max of being a party spy.

"I had an interview and in that interview Marius Fransman was present and in that interview Marius said I would like to put it on record that Helen did not spy on the ANC. After that we were left to ask questions."