Cape Town. 121113. Nosima Balindlela has joined the DA in the Eastern Cape after leaving Cope. Helen Zille as leader of the DA welcomes her in Cape Town Parliament. Picture Courtney Africa

OBEYILUNGU leCope, uNkk Nosimo Balindela, usehlubukele kwiDA.

“Sijabule ukwamukela uNkk Balindlela,” kusho umholi weDA, uNkk Helen Zille, esitatimendeni asithumelele abezindaba izolo.

UNkk Balindlela wesulile kwiCope nakwiNational Assembly.

Ugcwalise ifomu yobulungu ayamukele kumholi weDA, e-Eastern Cape, uMnuz Athol Trollip.

UNkk Zille uthe waqala ukumazi uNkk Balindela eminyakeni eminingi edlule, uyabazi ubuqotho bakhe.

Uthe baningi abantu baseNingizimu Afrika abanjengoNkk Balindlela, asebekhathele wuqhekeko.

Uchaze isinyathelo sikaNkk Balindela njengesomuntu ophokophelele inqubekela phambili.

UNkk Balindlela waqokwa njengoNdunankulu wase-Eastern Cape eseyilungu le-ANC kusukela ngo-2004 kuya ku-2008 ngaphambi kokuba ayekiswe yiqembu.

Kuthiwa wezwa nje ngamahlebezi esohambweni eChina ukuthi uma ebuya uyaxoshwa.

UNkk Balindlela wabe esejoyina iCope eyasungulwa ngabahlubuke kwi-ANC ngesikhathi kusuka uMnuz Thabo Mbeki esikhundleni sokuba nguMengameli.