DA defectors vow to take more members over to the ANC

14 April 2016 - 14:31 By Hendrick Mphande And Rochelle De Kock

Two former Nelson Mandela Bay Democratic Alliance (DA) councillors jumped ship on Thursday morning and officially joined the African National Congress (ANC). Knight Mali and Mzukisi Ncamani took along with them a group of about 60 people who claimed to be DA members.The two ex-councillors officially defected to the ANC shortly after DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip addressed the media in front on City Hall on Thursday morning.#My_DA Mandela Bay PR councillors Knight Mali & Mzukisi Ncamani have defected to #MYANC, "tired of racism" #sabcnewspic.twitter.com/e203gZ4iOO — vuyo mvoko (@vuyo_mvoko) April 14, 2016async They said they had been toying with the idea for a few weeks.DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip responds to former councillor's (Knight Mali) allegations pic.twitter.com/ZtAE5lWOag — Raahil Sain (@raahil_sain) April 14, 2016async "We decided to take this step because the DA has shown us that they are not serious about fighting racism in its ranks. We have been fighting racism with my colleagues as well as other councillors‚" Mali said.Former DA councillor Knight Mali says the "baboon spirit must fall" @HeraldPEpic.twitter.com/jhP64HtbRW— Deneesha Pillay (@deneeshapillay) April 14, 2016async "Instead‚ the DA has embarked on political persecution and a witch-hunt against those who dare to challenge racism in its ranks."So we are saying‚ enough is enough. Let us now leave and go to the ANC. We are going back to the structures of the DA to encourage our members to come and join the ANC.”Trollip held a press conference in front of City Hall after the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality denied the DA permission to host a planned mass anti-Zuma protest.The city said this was for security reasons‚ while the DA claims the reasons given were an abuse of state security protocol."It is quite ironic that Knight Mali's DA ‘members’ are allowed to be here. They are not our members but are affiliated to the ANC but [they] pretend to be DA wearing our T-shirts‚" Trollip said. – TMG Digital/Heraldlive

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