DA’s James accused of leaks

2014-05-20 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The DA’s internal battles yesterday became more pointed after e-mail messages were leaked showing Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip accusing the DA’s federal chair Dr Wilmot James of leaking information to the media because he allegedly has his sights on getting the post of parliamentary leader.

DA leader Helen Zille in an e-mail to the entire federal executive on Saturday protested the selective leaking of information from the executive’s meetings to support factional interests in the DA.

Trollip wrote: “I said yesterday [Friday] that when you follow the media sources about our internal party discussions, you can easily connect the dots to see who is the leak — or leaks.

“In this case it was clear that Wilmot had informed the media and that he will defend Lindiwe’s [Mazibuko] decision in the federal executive and take you on.”

Trollip also wrote it seemed as of James had his eye on the post of parliamentary leader.

Senior DA sources allege Trollip, who in 2011 suffered a humiliating defeat against Mazibuko in the battle for parliamentary leader, is bitter because he would have tried again to be elected for the post had he known Mazibuko would withdraw to study at Harvard in the U.S.

“This is a sensitive issue for Athol. He did not know Lindiwe will go away, now he is angry that he is not there to get the position.”

Trollip did not want to comment, but said he had made his decision not be on the DA’s parliamentary list based on the information he had then.

James did not want to say if he is interested in the position, but he is on record that he would not accept such a nomination while the party leader and the parliamentary leader are two persons, as this create two centres of power.

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