The DA has denied the claims of it former leader Helen Zille that part of the party's election strategy was to publicly shame her to get rid of its white party image.
Among many claims the former Western Cape premier made in her May column, Zille said the party concluded that "if they could crush me publicly, we would truly, at last, lose our "white-party" image. This is not a conspiracy theory. I have a document that was circulated to the federal executive explaining it."
But at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Sunday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane denied this and said Zille was an ordinary member of the party. Reiterating federal chairperson Athol Trollip, Maimane said she was involved in the party's election campaign until the end.
"If she was being crushed out of the campaign, she wouldn't be participating. She promoted the DA across the country. She was an integral part of the campaign.
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