DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane was tight-lipped today when asked about the party’s Gauteng south regional chairperson, Khume Ramulifho, claims that Maimane was not ready to lead the party.
“I do not want to comment because when I do that, I offer them (Ramulifho) airtime,” said Maimane.
Yesterday, Ramulifho said Maimane was not ready to lead the party and had much more to learn before he could do so.
“I would advise him to first master parliamentary politics,” said Ramulifho. “He’s just started now so he needs to master that and understand how things work.”
Maimane announced that he would stand for election as DA leader at its federal congress next month.
Ramulifho said having another job as party leader would be too much for Maimane.
He also accused DA long-standing member Athol Trollip of harming the party.
“We are saying we need genuine change and transformation,” said Ramulifho. “It starts with you. If you are saying we really need look at yourself first.”
Trollip is the Eastern Cape leader and the party’s caucus leader and has been chosen as the mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay in the upcoming local government elections.
He is set to run for the post of DA federal chairperson at the congress.
Ramulifho accused Trollip of using Maimane as his slate. Trollip hit back, saying he had been part of the transformation in the party.
“I am at ease. I am not worried about Ramulifho,” Trollip said.
Trollip added that it was not unusual for leaders to hold various positions.
Meanwhile, a decision by Gauteng DA leader John Moodey to challenge Maimane for the DA’s top position will be announced before the end of this week.
Article source: http://citizen.co.za/368119/da-leadership-race-heats-up/