'It hasn't helped to sit in the opposition benches and criticise'

Former Democratic Alliance (DA) KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu says his decision to join the African National Congress (ANC) was not taken overnight and was informed by quite a number of factors.

He is amongst five new leaders of opposition parties who have joined the ANC on Wednesday morning.

Mchunu was the leader of the DA in the province between 2009 and 2015.

One of the longest serving black public representatives of the DA - for over 20 years, Mchunu explains why he supports President Cyril Ramaphosa's vision under the banner of 'Thuma Mina'.

What is fundamentally behind the concept of Thuma Mina is for every South African to basically say I am here to serve my country, I am a patriotic South African and I want to see this country improve, and change people's lives for the better. That is what I have decided to associate myself with.

Sizwe Mchunu, Former KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader - Democratic Alliance

Anybody who follows South African politics would concur with me that the rise of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the ANC has actually put on the table a new direction for our country. The manner in which the ANC defines its role going forward is that of saying there has to be a collective and consultative approach in making sure we deliver a South Africa Nelson Mandela dreamt of.

Sizwe Mchunu, Former KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader - Democratic Alliance

It hasn't helped for all these years to sit in the opposition benches and criticise without acknowledging wherever government does well.

Sizwe Mchunu, Former KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader - Democratic Alliance

Mchunu's colleagues Claudelle Chetty-Naidoo, Renesha Jugmohan, Nalene Naidoo-Atwaru - all from the Msunduzi Local Municipality - have joined him in leaving the party.

While he cannot divulge their reasons for leaving, Mchnu says the Councillors mentioned are some of the DA's top performers.

They have taken the decision individually. I have had sight of the resignation letters they have sent to the leadership of the DA. There is quite a number of reasons they have put in those letters, unfortunately they have not appointed me to speak on their behalf but the point is that they have let their reasons known and quite shocking revelations they have made to an extent.

Sizwe Mchunu, Former KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader - Democratic Alliance

The leadership of the DA in Msunduzi must probably be called upon to respond to why they would lose such credible and councilors of such awesome integrity .

Sizwe Mchunu, Former KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader - Democratic Alliance

Mchunu says there are many Councillors who have left the DA in KZN.

What is also of concern here is that it is not the first time that you have credible Councillors leave the DA, particularly Msunduzi. Just recently, just outside Pietermaritzburg in Kokstad, three councilors of the Democratic Alliance all left the DA and joined the ANC.

Sizwe Mchunu, Former KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader - Democratic Alliance

These are issues that talk to real issues of KwaZulu-Natal politics and what people believe now is a better vehicle to serve the interests of the people of KwaZulu-Natal and that happens to be the African National Congress and clearly people are uniting behind the vision of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Sizwe Mchunu, Former KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader - Democratic Alliance

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