Mbeki: Why I joined the DA

By Drum Digital
05 July 2016

Former President Thabo Mbeki’s cousin Madoda, 66, has explained to DRUM, his reasons for joining the opposition Democratic Allieance (DA).

Madoda, the nephew of late ANC stalwart Govan Mbeki, will stand as the DA candidate in Mnquma local municipality’s Ward One in Butterworth, Eastern Cape in the August 3 Local Government Elections.

His family’s rich links to the ANC influenced his decision to join party at the age of 18, but he left the party in 2008 after his cousin, Thabo, was removed as ANC leader.

Admittedly, he is still bitter.

“We as aMazizi clan, looked at the ANC differently after the humiliation of one of our own, following the Polokwane Conference.  He [Thabo] was humiliated and other people like (former Eastern Cape Premier) Nosimo Balindlela paid the price for supporting him. She was one of the people who were immediately removed for supporting him.”

The Eastern Cape-based Daily Dispatch reported on Tuesday that Madoda said he had joined the DA as its policies appealed to him and were founded on the values he believed were necessary to develop the Eastern Cape.

He left Cope following a leadership feud between party leaders Mosiuoa Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa, to silently join the DA in 2010 as an ordinary member.

(My construction company) was part of the government’s project on eradicating the mud schools. If I were to go public my business would suffer.”

“I chose DA as my political home, because I could see that DA led municipalities were well governed. Their policies are pointing into a right direction for the people,” said Madoda.

Ward One is currently represented by the ANC councillor Thobeka Bikitsha.

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