'If DA dies, SA's democracy dies; that is why we need to get it back on track'

The Sunday Times has reported that former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon and a delegation of senior party figures met with Mmusi Maimane to ask him to resign as party leader.

Poor election results and allegations about his lifestyle have raised questions about Maimane within the party.

Elsewhere, another former leader, Helen Zille, on Friday announced that she was suspending her fellowship at the Institute for Race Relations to contest for the position of federal council chairperson, to replace James Selfe.

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Zille joins Bongani Bingwa to explain her decision.

I was very keen on retiring and I am living my best life at the moment, spending time with my grandchildren and sleeping seven hours a night.

Helen Zille, Former leader - DA

But, after speaking to several people and looking at the lay of the land, understanding the trauma and turmoil the party has been through, I thought I needed to give it one last try.

Helen Zille, Former leader - DA

She says if she can win the position, she hopes to get the unity of the party back on track.

If the DA dies, South Africa's democracy dies. That is why we need to get it onto a growing and going course again.

Helen Zille, Former leader - DA

She says reports that suggest that she wants to return to the party because she wants to make it white again are ridiculous.

No one in the DA has done more to diversify the party than I did. This is all just resorting to the race argument.

Helen Zille, Former leader - DA

Zille says South Africa shouldn't look at race when filling key positions in the DA.

We need to get people who can fulfil all the requirements of those highly complex positions and that is an argument that no one can fight with.

Helen Zille, Former leader - DA

Zille says her relationship with Maimane is cordial.

What I experience is cordial and professional and he might call it as strained, I don't know.

Helen Zille, Former leader - DA

Listen below to the full interview:


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