Mazibuko speaks out about DA infighting

2013-11-17 10:30
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Cape Town - Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has spoken out about the infighting in the party and said she is disappointed that those jostling for positions were trying to drive a wedge between her and Gauteng Premier candidate Mmusi Maimane.

According to the Sunday Times, several MPs including John Steenhuisen and former parliamentary leader Athol Trollip are said to be campaigning for Maimane to oust Mazibuko as parliamentary leader in the hope that Maimane will succeed DA leader Helen Zille should she step down.

Mazibuko told the newspaper that she was disappointed that those jostling for positions were trying to use her and Maimane to climb the political ladder.

This comes after weeks of speculation of internal feuds. Last month, The DA dismissed as rumours claims about an internal battle over the use of party resources by its parliamentary leader and its Gauteng premier candidate. At the time, DA MP Geordin Hill-Lewis, a senior aide to Zille, said it was nothing but internal rumour mongering before an election.

'Use of party resources'

According to an earlier report in the Sunday Independent, the allegations were part of the political rivalry between Mazibuko's and Maimane's respective supporters.

Mazibuko's opponents reportedly claimed she was being probed over a R35 000 bill for use of a chauffeur-driven Mercedes-Benz during a recent trip to London.

Her opponents reportedly countered that the DA was paying four bodyguards for Maimane.

Maimane reportedly said: "Any candidate would have [bodyguards]. I have received threats".

DA federal executive chair James Selfe denied Mazibuko was being investigated.

News24 earlier incorrectly attributed some statements to DA parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko.

Read more on:    da  |  mmusi maimane  |  helen zille  |  lindiwe mazibuko  |  politics

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