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DA: We still believe in Mmusi Maimane's leadership

It’s not a secret that Mmusi Maimane and Zille haven’t seen eye to eye in recent years. However, after her appointment on Sunday, the former leader said she would give Maimane space to do his work.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane seen on 20 October 2019 after Helen Zille was announced as the party's new Federal Council chair. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The Democratic Alliance (DA) has come out in support of its leader, Mmusi Maimane, amid questions surrounding his future.

The move comes after the party’s former leader, Helen Zille, was announced as the DA’s Federal Council chair on Sunday, the final day of the federal council meeting.

It’s not a secret that Mmusi Maimane and Zille haven’t seen eye to eye in recent years. However, after her appointment on Sunday, the former leader said she would give Maimane space to do his work.

Zille said that she would stay in her lane and respect Maimane as the leader.

The DA’s Refeloe Ntsekhe explained: “Mr Maimane will lead the DA until someone decides to step up in the game and run against him at the Federal Congress. He has been supported and we still believe in him. He will lead this organisation until congress takes place in 2020.”

Meanwhile, the DA has resolved to hold two important gatherings next year, an early congress to elect its new leaders and another conference to clear up policy confusion next year.

DA leaders have often disagreed in public on policy issues, be it on the party’s diversity clause or on black economic empowerment.

Maimane on Sunday said the party would hold a policy conference to review its policies.

“A police review committee will be established, and that report will be tabled toward the end. The party will go to the policy conference.”

Maimane said an elective conference would also take place. That’s where he will have to fight to remain leader of the party.

“The DA will prepare itself for congress in 2020. One reason is that we believe that it’s important to go to congress before elections in 2021.”

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