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party mem­bers how­ever dis­missed these, say­ing they did not be­lieve in quo­tas.

An em­bold­ened Maimane yes­ter­day an­nounced his next move, the cham­pi­oning of an “African lib­er­al­ism” agenda.

“African lib­er­al­ism means we have a lib­er­al­ism that is African and not Euro­pean. The Euro­pean one says there is the in­di­vid­ual who does not form part of the com­mu­nity and does not be­long any­where. They can’t iden­tify as a par­tic­u­lar colour,” Maimane told City Press.

“We are ac­knowl­edg­ing that I am black, I am part of a fam­ily and com­mu­nity. Even though we are both black we can also de­fine our­selves dif­fer­ently.”

He said he would pro­mote this agenda out­side the bor­ders of South Africa. As a start, he would dis­cuss it with op­po­si­tion party lead­ers in the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity.

Maimane said he was not wor­ried about op­po­si­tion from within the party to his lat­est vi­sion.

“Change does not take quickly in an or­gan­i­sa­tion this size. It takes a while, so you must get peo­ple used to some­thing.

“When you lead peo­ple you must bring ev­ery­body along with you. This agenda of African lib­er­al­ism is some­thing I am go­ing to cham­pion. The fun­da­men­tal is­sue here is how do you en­sure that peo­ple can iden­tify them­selves with it and say I am proud to be black.”

A num­ber of in­sid­ers took is­sue with Athol Trol­lip, who is seek­ing re-elec­tion to the po­si­tion of fed­eral chair­per­son. They said he used the fed­eral council’s meet­ing on Fri­day to cam­paign.

“He was a com­plete bully and raised is­sues around the nam­ing of the cam­paign head­quar­ters in Gaut­eng, say­ing he was not con­sulted. But he sits on the fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive where it was dis­cussed, so how could he not know?

“Any­way, it had noth­ing to do with the busi­ness of the day. He was just try­ing to get one up on Solly,” one per­son said. Tsh­wane Mayor Solly Msi­manga and MP An­nelie Lotriet are chal­leng­ing Trol­lip for the post.

An­other per­son at the meet­ing told City Press that it was a com­mon oc­cur­rence for peo­ple to use the fed­eral council sit­ting ahead of congress as a plat­form to cam­paign. As a re­sult, the sit­ting re­solved to have a pol­icy congress ahead of the elec­tive congress, so that mat­ters of pol­icy could not be used as a proxy war or cam­paign­ing gim­mick.

To­day, all eyes will be on Trol­lip and Msi­manga. Both men took to the stage yes­ter­day look­ing con­fi­dent of win­ning.

How­ever, its un­der­stood that Trol­lip could re­ceive a sym­pa­thy vote on the ba­sis of his fall­out with the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers in Nelson Man­dela Bay, where he is mayor.

“Ob­vi­ously this has earned him sym­pa­thy within the ranks,” said an in­sider.

The DA was yes­ter­day locked in a fierce de­bate about re­fin­ing the con­sti­tu­tional clause that out­lines their co­op­er­a­tion with other po­lit­i­cal par­ties to form coali­tions. There was also dis­cus­sion on the fir­ing of “un­rea­son­able de­ploy­ees”, which was seen as an in­di­rect ref­er­ence to Cape Town Mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille, who is fac­ing party dis­ci­pline. What do you think about the DA’s at­tempt to achieve di­ver­sity in its ranks with­out re­sort­ing to race quo­tas?

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