Maimane campaign hits back at James

2015-04-30 13:39
MMusi Maimane. (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The Mmusi Maimane campaign said it will not be distracted by what it calls "publicity stunts" after Democratic Alliance federal leader candidate Wilmot James made its campaign finances public.

"We have disclosed all donations to the chair of the federal council as required by the rules," member of the Maimane campaign Gavin Davis told News24 on Thursday.

He said some donors asked for confidentiality and the campaign would honour that.

"We won't let publicity stunts distract us from the positive campaign we are running."

James on Thursday announced that he would spend R100 000 of his own money on his campaign. To date he had spent R75 311.64.

"I have decided, in the interest of transparency, to make a full public disclosure about how my campaign to be elected as federal leader of the Democratic Alliance is financed," he said on Wednesday explaining his decision.

However, if the cost of the campaign exceeds R100 000, James said it would be necessary to raise money through donors.

‘Different campaigns’

Maimane and James seem to be running very different campaigns, with Maimane very focused on social media.

The Maimane campaign kicked off with a call on social media for brand ambassadors who would help drive his message.

People who wanted to be ambassadors called on those who wanted to help the campaign online to update their Facebook cover photos and Twitter headers with attached artwork designed specifically for Maimane's campaign.

DA MP David Maynier, who is a member of James's campaign team, would not divulge too much information about what his campaign is doing except to say they were campaigning externally and internally.

"We've introduced our candidate, [and] we've put out our mini-manifesto," he told News24.

"We are communicating internally with the party and doing canvassing calls in all nine provinces, and we are preparing to roll out our own endorsements in the last phase of the campaign."

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