Defecting DA councillors are 'careerists' - Maimane

2016-06-06 19:18
DA leader Mmusi Maimane and DA Mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga unveil it's new elections poster in Tshwane. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

DA leader Mmusi Maimane and DA Mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga unveil it's new elections poster in Tshwane. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Cape Town – The Democratic Alliance councillors who crossed over to the ruling party in Nelson Mandela Bay were careerists, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Monday.

"When you have councillors who simply don't want to work, who are in politics of the stomach, they must go," he told News24.

Isaac Adams, Brian Kivedo, Isabel Wagenaar, Penny Naidoo and Nico Du Plessis - all from Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas - were welcomed into the ANC at a public meeting in Helenvale on Sunday.

They said they had left the DA because they were being marginalised.

Their departure followed DA provincial chairperson Veliswa Mvenya's resignation last month. Mvenya, whose resignation followed reported tensions with Athol Trollip - the party's mayoral candidate for NMB - withdrew her resignation a few days later.

Maimane said the councillors' departure would not affect the party's campaign for the August 3 local government elections.

"When we do a list process, of course some people are going to fall out. It's happening all across the country," he said.

'Bound to be disappointments'

When other party members fell off the lists, they did not join other parties, but rolled up their sleeves to work for the organisation, he said.

"These ones felt like they needed a job, so they went to the ANC. They must go there because they are careerists," said Maimane.

The DA leader said he never liked to see people leave the organisation.

"But when people want to leave because they are looking for jobs, they must go. In certain cities, for example, if there were 100 councillors, not all of them are going to come back," he said.

If all of them returned, the organisation would become too focused on patronage and cadre deployment.

Maimane said the list process was difficult for any party as there were bound to be disappointments.

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