DA racism claims are a case of sour grapes, says WC leader Bonginkosi Madikizela

Western Cape DA leader Bonginkosi Madikizela says the resignation of five council members is "not a problem at all" for the party.

The provincial leader says the DA respects their decision to leave the organisation.

Read: 'Mmusi made it clear that if we don't vote the way he instructs, we'll be fired'

Five City of Cape Town councillors tendered their resignations on Thursday, saying they’re fed up with unfair treatment within the party.

They complained about discrimination, double standards, strong-arm tactics and the ill-treatment of outgoing Mayor Patricia de Lille.

Also read: Five DA Councillors accuse the party of racism and resign

Madikizela says the accusations of racism within the DA sound like sour grapes.

He says the former members chose to become DA detractors after realising that they had lost power.

Madikizela claims the former members were not loyal to the party, but instead, were loyal to another member.

He says they undermined the caucus decision and the constitution of the party.

Madikizela accused some of the former members of being either racist, homophobic, or trying to entrench the patronage system.

Read more: WC DA leader refuses to hand over electronic devices as party probes media leak

Last month, Madikizela confirmed that he refused to hand over his electronic devices for a DA investigation into members leaking information to media.

We have to respect the decision that they took to leave the party. It's not a problem at all.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape DA leader

People come and go in every political party, I wish them all the best.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape DA leader

It's not a problem at all, as far as the DA is concerned. We'll go through a process to fill those positions.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape DA leader

In every organisation, you will find racists, homophobes, and people who are trying to entrench the patronage system - some of those members fall within those categories by the way.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape DA leader

Listen to Bonginkosi Madikizela in conversation with CapeTalk's John Maytham:


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