It's being claimed senior DA officials took Mmusi Maimane to task over his recent comments on “white privilege”.
The City Press reports that there is concern that Maimane's comments would alienate white voters ahead of next year’s general election.
CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to DA Deputy Chairperson of Federal Council, Natasha Mazzone to get insight of what was discussed in DA's caucus meeting.
Mazzone rubished reports by the City Press saying that the meeting was inspiring and it ended on peaceful note with everyone 100% behind Mmusi Maimane as their leader.
I was shocked when I read the report because this was one of the inspiring caucuses I've sat in, and I just don't understand that someone who sat in the same meeting would not have the same feeling.— Natasha Mazzone, DA Deputy Chairperson of Federal Council
On the other hand, City of Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says he doesn't see anything wrong with Mmusi Maimane's comments and says he found the discussions during caucus very distasteful.
What Mmusi said, as a South African, I believe it is something that needs to be celebrated.— Herman Mashaba, Mayor at City of Joburg
As a party, those are the values I think we really need to focus on and support Mmusi in ensuring that all of us, including our children, we can inherit an equal society.— Herman Mashaba, Mayor at City of Joburg
Mashaba says if anyone thinks that the DA is racist party that protects the interest of such, they should find themselves another party to join.
The DA is on a mission to create a non-racial society, it is a party that recognises what happened in the past and needs the government to correct all that...— Herman Mashaba, Mayor at City of Joburg
To hear the rest of the discussions with the DA's Herman Mashaba and Natasha Mazzone, listen below:
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