Harris: Move not linked to Mazibuko quitting

2014-05-15 09:34
Democratic Alliance finance spokesperson Tim Harris. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Democratic Alliance finance spokesperson Tim Harris. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Cape Town – DA MP Tim Harris has denied that his decision to leave Parliament is linked to the resignation of DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.

On Wednesday, the DA shadow minister of finance announced he had been appointed head of investments for the City of Cape Town, where he will be responsible for positioning Cape Town and the Western Cape as an investment destination of choice.

According to Die Burger, Harris denied that this move was related to Mazibuko's decision to resign from her position in order to study at Harvard University in the US. He and Mazibuko had close ties in Parliament.

Harris reportedly said he had been in talks with Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille for the past six months on this new position.

He added that the two developments "have nothing to do with each other".

Harris also praised Mazibuko as a tough opponent for President Jacob Zuma in Parliament.

However, a political analyst told Die Burger he believes the timing of Harris's departure is dubious. Kenny Bafo, a lecturer in political sciences at the University of Western Cape, speculated that the DA wants to strengthen its caucus at municipal level. Bafo also believes that the cracks in the party’s leadership are now visible after Mazibuko’s resignation was made public.

The DA won 57.26% of the vote in the Western Cape in last week's elections.

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