Zille an “ineffectual leader” - Ehrenreich

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 15, 2015

Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Western Cape Secretary, Tony Ehrenreich, has described Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille’s decision not to stand for re-election, as “good for democracy”, adding that she had “reached her height of incompetence”.

“She has shown herself to be a largely ineffectual leader. She has been unable to deliver a programme and inspirational message that galvanised a constituency,” Ehrenreich said in a statement.

“The DA has largely benefited from anti-ANC sentiments, with Zille’s anti-ANC message being all she had to offer”.

Ehrenreich stated that Zille had been acting more and more erratic in the months leading up to her unexpected announcement on Sunday afternoon, and that rumours of party members wanting her removal had “been ongoing for a while", despite her claiming to have made the decision voluntarily.

He also said her spat against the Cape Times last month was mainly due to the paper not reporting “favourably” on the party’s workings in the province, and that the media, “who made Helen Zille” has now “left her corner”.

“The fact that the media turned against her as a result of this act, with her being named, mampara of the week, spelled the end”, Ehrenreich said, before accusing her of being “intent on defending white generational advantages [which] has [now] been exposed”.

With the party’s Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, being tipped as favourite to take over, Ehrenreich said that the country is in need of an opposition that needs leadership instead of “just anti-ANC venom”.

“At some points in governance, the opposition has to find ways in which to work with the governing party, Zille’s personality is anti that possibility.

“Democracy would move forward in a more constructive manner with a black leader of the DA, who is able to co-operate in spite of differences,” he said.