Political Desk: DA adopts so-called 'Patricia clause' during elective congress

The 'Recall Clause' was just one of a number of amendments the DA made to its policies and constitution at its elective congress in Pretoria this weekend.

Mmusi Maimane was re-elected as party leader and Athol Trollip as federal chair, winning the vote against Solly Msimanga.

The party adopted a proposal to introduce a clause on diversity in its constitution, but it was not the one originally suggested by leader Mmusi Maimane.

Remember Mmusi Maimane has been pushing for this clause and it has been passed by the congress.

But, they rejected the idea of quotas, saying that they don't want members to be subjected to the domination of others, a particular race for example.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

The party also adopted the 'Recall Clause' giving it powers to insist a member holding an executive position step down if he or she has lost the confidence of the caucus.

READ: Diversity questions brewing ahead of DA's Federal Congress

Also read: DA Federal Congress an important one

The last important amendment was the increase of branch representation from 35% to 45% at DA congresses, this move will insure that many black DA members particularly those from townships will be able to participate at DA congresses going forward.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

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