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Nosimo Balindlela quits DA, rejoins ANC

May 14, 2018
Nosimo Balindlela quits DA, rejoins ANC

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape on Monday said that it notes Nosimo Balindlela’s decision to rejoin the African National Congress (ANC).

"We respect that she feels the need to serve the ANC, but believe that this is misguided as ANC corruption and maladministration have robbed the poor of billions," said DA Eastern Cape Leader, Nqaba Bhanga.

"We thank her for her participation in the DA’s efforts to build an alternative government in the Eastern Cape and for her kind words of how she has enjoyed her time with us."

Bhanga said that the DA’s values of freedom, fairness opportunity and diversity represent the future upon, which South Africa will be built.

"We are determined to bring about the kind of change that this province needs - zero tolerance for corruption, good governance and job creating economic growth."

In July 2008, Balindlela resigned from her position as Eastern Cape Premier after apparent pressure from the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC and also subsequently resigned from "active" politics.

She still remained an active ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member. 

In November 2008, she resigned from the ANC to join the Congress of the People (COPE).

Four years later, in November 2012, she announced that she had joined the DA and became member of parliament for the DA in May 2014.

She served as the DA's Shadow Minister of Water and Sanitation until November 2016, when she transferred to the Eastern Cape Legislature where she was serving as as a DA member in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature.

Balindlela was the DA's Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture at the time of her resignation.