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Maimane denies he took leadership classes from FW de Klerk

The M&G is reporting that four DA insiders have confirmed that Maimane visited de Klerk.

FILE: Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has denied he took leadership classes from former president FW de Klerk, describing the claim as a misleading fabrication.

Maimane who meets with various people as leader of the opposition, insists he only met de Klerk once in 2014.

The Mail & Guardian is reporting that four DA insiders have confirmed Maimane had visited the last apartheid-era president on various occasions.

  1. M&G story utter nonsense. As Leader of the Opposition, I meet former Leaders & State Presidents as a matter of course.

Maimane has described the story as baseless and offensive nonsense.

"I have only met the man once, it was in 2014. I don't even know where he stays. What can I learn from FW de Klerk? I meet with leaders, with former President Thabo Mbeki, I have met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Part of my engagement as the leader of the opposition is to meet with various leaders."

He says he is considering what action to take in response to the story.

"I really found the article, certainly even the the journalist who wrote it - as a former staff member - to really write the most devastating and the most misleading article in the in the world. I think we'll certainly we considering what action we must take because I think we cannot allow that sort of lies, blatant lies, to stand."

LISTEN: Mmusi Maimane says Mail & Guardian report is 'sheer nonsense'