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Mmusi Maimane will continue to lead the DA

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane was under-fire on Sunday from senior DA figures who were unhappy with the party’s performance in the national and provincial elections.

The party’s support dropped from 22.23% in 2014 to 20.77% on May 8 elections which equates to a loss of almost 500 000 votes.

IOL reported that the Free State leader, Patricia Kopane and Limpopo leader Jacques Smalle both stressed that there has been no request for Maimane to step down as the party leader.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango said Maimane is not going anywhere as the decision in the DA is taken collectively.

The loss should fall upon the party collectively and not be blamed solely on Maimane, said Kopane, who found it a tough election.

If anyone wants to contest for Maimane’s position, they can do so at the end of his term in 2021, she said.

Northern Cape provincial leader Andrew Louw said Maimane will remain the party leader and nobody can legally force him to step down.

DA youth leader Luyolo Mphithi felt that perhaps the departure of Patricia de Lille and MP Gwen Mgwenya could have had an affect on the party’s performance.

Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape provincial leaders Jane Sithole and Nqaba Bhanga both expressed that the ANC’s support had dropped below 60% which reflects that it was a tough election.