DA ‘not splitting’ as it heads for 2019 election
The party denies a report saying that a breakaway group of DA members angry at Maimane's leadership held secret meetings
The DA insists that with a year to go until the 2019 general election there is no talk of senior party leaders planning or forming a breakaway political party. This follows a report in the City Press on Sunday that at least five senior leaders, angry about the direction the DA is heading under Mmusi Maimane, have been holding consultations on starting a new "true liberal party" with former leader Helen Zille at the helm. DA deputy federal chairwoman Refiloe Ntsekhe has denied this, claiming that since the congress earlier in 2018, the party was more united than ever. "What you do see in the DA, which is beautiful, is that because we are a liberal organisation people are encouraged to have debates and challenge each other on different positions around different policies; that is how we come up with better policies going into elections. 'No breakaway group' "But there isn’t a breakaway group, for that matter, it is actually nonsensical that anyone in the DA would start a political par...