According to the statement, Helen Zille was pushed out after reaching her height of incompetence in the leadership of the DA. Talk in the party about her being removed as National leader had allegedly been ongoing for a while, with the banning of the purchase of newspapers that did not report favourably on the DA in the City of Cape Town being the last straw.
According to Cosatu, the DA leadership had also lacked when Zille failed to deal with the tensions and ambitions within the party.
“For the sake of the opposition and democracy in South Africa, we need an opposition leadership that is a bit more than just anti ANC venom. At some points in governance, the opposition has to find ways in which to work with the governing party, Zille’s personality is anti that possibility.”
The statement further concluded that democracy would move forward in a more constructive manner “with a black leader of the DA, who is able to cooperate in spite of differences”.
“The purpose of opposition is not to drive a wedge between our people but to present different perspectives on the challenge that we face, an area that Zille could not quite execute.“