Maimane not swayed by the EFF

De­spite threats, the DA leader sticks to ‘due process’ over Zille

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - ZIMASA MATIWANE

MMUSI Maimane, the DA leader, is re­fus­ing to suc­cumb to EFF pres­sure to strip He­len Zille of her po­si­tion as premier of the Western Cape.

Yes­ter­day, Maimane’s spokesper­son, Graham Char­ters, said the party was not go­ing to make any ef­forts to me­di­ate be­tween Maimane and the EFF’s leader, Julius Malema.

“If the EFF has an is­sue with the DA leader, then they must do so in the ap­pro­pri­ate fo­rum, not on the pages of news­pa­pers. It is not Maimane’s job to do so,” he said.

Last week, Malema warned the DA that if it did not re­move Zille, his party would re­move the DA from power in the three met­ros it cur­rently con­trols.

He said the EFF did not owe any­thing to any­one, and if the mat­ter es­ca­lated to a point where fresh coun­cil elec­tions would need to be called in met­ros where the DA was in power, “we will fold our hands and watch”.

But Maimane said the DA was a party of “due process” and that it would await the out­come of a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing be­fore a de­ci­sion on any fur­ther ac­tion was taken.

Zille was sus­pended from party ac­tiv­i­ties over her tweets in de­fence of what she called pos­i­tive as­pects of colo­nial­ism.

“If the EFF are happy to ‘fold their arms’ and ab­stain from vot­ing, then the peo­ple of South Africa must know that it was the EFF who handed power back to the cor­rupt, Gupta-con­trolled ANC.

“Malema him­self has said things in pub­lic that I do not agree with, that threaten the project of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in South Africa. Nev­er­the­less, we are work­ing to­gether in the in­ter­ests of South Africa,” Maimane had said.

EFF sec­re­tary-gen­eral Go­drich Gardee said the DA’s re­fusal to fire Zille meant there was no dif­fer­ence be­tween the party and the ANC, which “chooses Zuma over the coun­try”.

“The ANC is also con­duct­ing its busi­ness ac­cord­ing to its own con­sti­tu­tion. If we say the ANC should never choose Zuma over the coun­try, the same should ap­ply to the DA..

“We have no con­trac­tual en­gage­ment with the DA, we are not in coali­tion and we are not friends. We just voted with them and can stop any time.”

He added that the party could not be blamed if power goes back to the ANC as they con­tin­ued to play their role as op­po­si­tion. “The vot­ers know who they voted for,” Gardee said.

The DA awaits the out­come of the hear­ing

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