ANC slams Maz­ibuko

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Politics - DEN­NIS CRUYWAGEN news@the­newage.co.za

LINDIWE Maz­ibuko, once head-hunted by He­len Zille to lead the DA in Par­lia­ment has come un­der fire for her views on the ANC’s lead­er­ship bat­tle.

Ear­lier this week, Maz­ibuko was re­ported as hav­ing said that, while not an ANC sup­porter, she backed Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from Ja­cob Zuma as party pres­i­dent in De­cem­ber.

She claimed on so­cial me­dia that Ramaphosa was a far bet­ter pres­i­den­tial can­di­date than for­mer AU Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Dis­miss­ing her in­ter­ven­tion, sev­eral crit­ics said Maz­ibuko was the last per­son to talk about how the ANC should elect its leader as she had “lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence” of demo­cratic elec­tions held within a party.

Maz­ibuko, they said, had not come through DA ranks but had been im­pe­ri­ously parachuted into the DA to lead the party in Par­lia­ment by Zille. “This was done in a style rem­i­nis­cent of a colo­nial madam who knows what’s best for the na­tives.

“Zille acted in the same way when, with­out con­sult­ing her party, she tried to bring in Mam­phele Ram­phela as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in 2014,” a critic said.

Maz­ibiko left the DA in 2014 to take up a fel­low­ship at Har­vard Univer­sity.

Last Oc­to­ber, News24 re­ported that in her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Not with­out a Fight, Zille gave de­tails about back­stab­bing in the party be­fore Maz­ibuko’s res­ig­na­tion.

Zille also ad­mit­ted in her book she was wrong to back Maz­ibuko against Athol Trollip for the po­si­tion of par­lia­men­tary leader in 2011.

“There was blood on the floor be­fore a sin­gle vote had been cast,” Zille said.

But once she was in of­fice, Maz­ibuko tried to be her own per­son, for­get­ting who had given her a help­ing hand. Ac­cord­ing to Zille, Maz­ibuko had erected a “Ber­lin Wall” be­tween the of­fices of the DA’s party and par­lia­men­tary lead­ers. “That’s not all. She also re­fused to share an of­fice in Par­lia­ment with her bene­fac­tor.”

That was the be­gin­ning of the end for Maz­ibuko. Mmusi Maimane be­came party leader. Crit­ics say Maz­ibuko was the ben­e­fi­ciary of af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion – as prac­tised by Zille – but who now wants to for­get that re­cent his­tory.

UN­DER FIRE: For­mer DA par­lia­men­tary leader Lindiwe Maz­ibuko.

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