DA federal executive backs Maimane

The Democratic Alliance ays all its leadership is taking responsibility after losing five seats in the National Assembly following last week's election. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG – Mmusi Maimane will remain leader of the Democratic Alliance, that’s the assurance by the party’s Federal Executive following a lengthy meeting.

Maimane’s future has been in doubt after the party’s performance in last week’s elections.

“We would like to state that Mr. Maimane remains our leader until the federal congress scheduled for 2021,” said DA Federal Chairperson Athol Trollip.

“At that congress, the party will decide whether he continues as the leader or not.

"Any talk of a change of leadership before the congress must be dispelled and we dispel it as the federal executive.”

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The DA has lost five seats, dropping from 89 to 84 in the National Assembly.

The party also said it is now working towards regaining trust heading into local government election in 2021.

The DA said all its leadership is taking responsibility.

“As members of the federal executive we all take responsibility for the outcome of these elections, whether good or bad,” Trollip said.

The DA’s federal executive was locked in a meeting for most of Monday discussing its election performance.

The party's Federal Executive is meeting today to unpack this loss of support. Courtesy #DStv403