Maimane downplays defections in Nelson Mandela Bay

JUNE 6, 2016

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, during his party’s campaign in Tshwane on Sunday, downplayed the latest resignations and defections that have rocked the DA in the Eastern Cape ahead of of the 2016 Local Government Elections.

It is not as bad as it's being made out to be Maimane said after DA Eastern Cape Chairperson, Veliswa Mveya resigned. He claims she is still very much a member of the DA and will be joining him soon on campaigns.

Her resignation was followed by those of three other councillors in Nelson Mandela Bay -  who've now joined the ANC, which the DA is hoping to unseat in the upcoming elections.

Maimane says the move indicates that their intentions were misguided.

"The three councillors ... who've now defected - all of them were ranked lower in our list. Now they've gone to the ANC to be ranked even lower," he said.

"They were looking for jobs, those people. They thought that being a servant of the people is job creation, so they just wanted money. So if people are in that space, they can't be in our organisation."

Several DA Councillors from Northern Areas - Isaac Adams, Brian Kivedo, Isabel Wagenaar, Penny Naidoo, and Nico Du Plessis – all dressed in DA T-shirts – attended an ANC public meeting on Sunday at the Helenvale Resource Centre where they officially embraced the ANC.

A huge crowd also wearing DA T-shirts accompanied the councillors and also turned ANC.

The defectors reportedly accused DA Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate, Athol Trollip, of being "power hungry" and of wanting “all the positions” in the DA. They also claimed there was “no fairness” or “any opportunity” in the DA.