Former DA leader Helen Zille says the party’s disciplinary process against her is a "sham", and that she has done nothing wrong. Sources privy to Zille’s submission about why she should not be suspended, said she questioned whether she would receive fair treatment because of procedural flaws in the DA’s handling of her case. She argued that the disciplinary case had been "pre-judged", contending that DA leader Mmusi Maimane had made it clear he wanted her suspended, and that he and the federal executive committee had decided to suspend her even before she made representations, She submitted that the DA’s federal executive committee had violated the party’s constitution by rejecting a compulsory requirement for mediation in the matter. She accused the DA of treating its members differently on the basis of race. She also suggested that Maimane’s alleged failure to comply with process had prejudiced her.

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