Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
8 Oct 2019
9:24 am

Helen Zille and Tony Leon: Two easy ways for the DA to alienate black voters

Sydney Majoko

Mmusi Maimane is discovering that bright black stars in the party are targeted for removal - just ask Lindiwe Mazibuko or Patricia de Lille.

Helen Zille apologises for her controversial tweets on colonialism, during a press conference with DA leader Mmusi Maimane in Johannesburg, June 13, 2017. VIDEO: Getrude Makhafola

Reports that former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon has been roped in to help oust Mmusi Maimane are disturbing if they are true. It’s not that the embattled DA leader must not be removed if it’s for the good of the party. It’s that the manner of his removal would serve to confirm what their critics have always claimed – the DA belongs to a certain section of its membership and people like Maimane, Herman Mashaba and Solly Msimango are just part of the party’s window-dressing. Tony Leon stepped down as leader of the party in 2006 after 13...