The DA’s policy chief Gwen Ngwenya has resigned from that position a month before the party is expected to unveil its critical 2019 election manifesto. Business Day understands that her resignation follows differences between Ngwenya and the party’s leadership over its stance on broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE). Her resignation was confirmed by senior leaders of the party on Thursday. Ngwenya will remain in the party and continue to serve as an MP. DA spokesperson Solly Malatsi thanked Ngwenya for the work she had done on the party's policy platform, which would culminate in the launch of the manifesto. “She will continue to serve the party in her portfolio,” Malatsi said. Sources indicated that the disagreement was over her stance on BBBEE policy, which is closely linked to that of the Institute of Race Relations — that race should not be a factor. They indicated that DA leaders said the DA was “not a think tank” but a political party. In an e-mail seen by Business Da...

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