Max re­mains silent on DA con­gress dis­pute

Cape Argus - - NEWS - Ja­son Felix

DISGRUNTLED Cape Town DA politi­cian Len­nit Max has de­cided to re­main mum on his dis­pute with the party’s pro­vin­cial elec­tive con­gress fol­low­ing his de­feat in a fiercely con­tested lead­er­ship race.

Max gave party lead­ers un­til yes­ter­day to pro­vide him with an­swers re­lat­ing to what he be­lieved were dis­crep­an­cies in the vot­ing re­sults.

Al­though some of the doc­u­ments were given to him, the pos­si­bil­ity of an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Western Cape High Court to seek an an­nul­ment of the con­gress held on Satur­day and the vot­ing re­sults, which among oth­ers de­clared Bonginkosi Madik­izela as the new pro­vin­cial leader for the Western Cape, has not been ruled out.

Madik­izela is the MEC for Hu­man Set­tle­ments.

In a mes­sage to the Cape Ar­gus, Max said: I was ap­proached for com­ment as one of the can­di­dates for pro­vin­cial leader who lost dur­ing con­gress. I gave my views and in­di­cated that I am not ac­cept­ing the out­come, and in­sti­tuted a process with my party. Hence I will not drive the process through the me­dia. Don’t ex­pect any fur­ther com­ments from me.

“You are re­quested to ap­proach the DA com­mu­ni­ca­tion of­fi­cer for any fur­ther de­vel­op­ments.”

At the con­gress it was an­nounced that 84% of the el­i­gi­ble vot­ers of 1 175 had turned up to vote. This trans­lates into 987 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers. Max agrees with this fig­ure.

How­ever, An­nelie Lotriet, pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer at the con­gress, said 992 del­e­gates were reg­is­tered to vote on the day.

“There were 43 spe­cial votes and 13 spoilt bal­lots,” Lotriet said. She said Madik­izela got 510 votes and Max 494. A sec­ond set of re­sults was cir­cu­lat­ing, with the DA claim­ing that Max got only 493 votes, that there were 1 035 bal­lots and that 1 017 votes were cast.

How­ever, ear­lier this week when con­tacted, Lotriet ap­peared to have stum­bled over her words when con­fronted by the con­tra­dic­tions with the quo­rum.

James Selfe, chair­per­son of the DA’s fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive, said Max’s let­ter to Lotriet was sent to him.

“I am in the process of as­sem­bling the in­for­ma­tion he has re­quested. I trust that this in­for­ma­tion will ad­dress his con­cerns. Dr Lotriet has also re­sponded to him. I ex­pect to be able to re­spond to him today. I also ex­pect that the mat­ter will be re­solved in­ter­nally,” he said.

He would not be drawn on Max’s in­ten­tion to head to court and the im­pact it could have on the party, say­ing “the ques­tion is aca­demic at this stage”.

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