Cape Town - The five DA councillors who resigned last week after a heated council meeting have given DA leader Mmusi Maimane until Monday to apologise to them for reportedly accusing them of tender irregularities.
In his weekly newsletter Bokamoso, Maimane wrote under the title, “Cape Town city council”: “We cannot sacrifice accountability on the altar of false racial victimhood.
For five Cape Town councillors the DA wasn’t a racist party last month, but now that a credible forensic investigation by a credible legal firm has allegedly implicated them in tender irregularities, the DA is suddenly a racist party. These five councillors have resigned, claiming racial victimhood. Can it be a coincidence that they have suddenly decided the DA is racist now that they stand accused of maladministration?”
Maimane added that in positioning themselves as racial victims, they seek to discredit the forensic investigation, the legal firm that undertook it, and the political party that has sought accountability - the DA.
“This tactic is destructive for two reasons. Firstly, it undermines the fight for accountability. Secondly, it undermines the fight against real racism - the classic case of crying wolf.” At a press conference, the councillors said they are considering legal action against Maimane for suggesting they are implicated in the report.
Shaun August, who was chief whip, said: “We resigned as individuals for our own reasons. We do not make the claim of racism lightly. It is our experience. We intend to share in more detail why we have called the party racist and also what we did to try to address this inside the party with senior leaders.”