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Zille’s claim that DA shamed her to win black votes is refuted

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has defended the claims made by former leader Helen Zille that the party publicly shamed her in order to win black votes in the election.

The DA said that Zille was involved in the party’s campaigning but she claims that this was part of the DA leadership’s strategy.

Federal chairperson Athol Trollip said that Zille was involved in the campaign until the end and was an important part, if she she had been pushed out she would not have participated.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced on Sunday that long-term federal executive and council chairperson, James Selfe would be stepping down in October from his position.

Selfe, who has been in the role for 19 years, will be leading the DA’s governance unit which will ensure the party deliver on their services to citizens.

The DA have refused to comment on speculation that they will take disciplinary against Zille for her claims, and there is no plan to appoint a replacement in Selfe’s position.