Knives out for DA’s Mazibuko

2013-07-21 08:50
Lindiwe Mazibuko (File: Sapa)

Lindiwe Mazibuko (File: Sapa)

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Cape Town - The DA’s parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko came under attack this week by MPs who labelled her as arrogant and autocratic.

Some former key lobbyists also conceded that she could be removed after next year’s general elections, while senior party members described her as having poor leadership and management skills, reported the Sunday Independent.

After a bruising contest in which she went head to head with veteran DA MP Athol Trollip for the position, Mazibuko now faces serious challenges from inside her own party, in addition to the regular fire she comes under from the ANC.

Senior DA MPs told the newspaper that many of them would not be re-applying for their positions when the fifth democratic Parliament is formed after next year’s polls because they felt sidelined by the party leadership.

"She's very young, she's not very self-assured or very confident of herself, and so these are a bad mix of ingredients because everyone else becomes unsure and unstable," one senior MP said on condition of anonymity.

The bruising defeat of Trollip, credited in part to the public endorsement of Mazibuko by party leader Helen Zille, caused big divisions in the party, with persistent rumours of intimidation of supporters of Trollip.

This week, disgruntled members again complained about Zille’s involvement in the leadership race, saying her conduct was inappropriate.
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