Mmusi Maimane has extended an open invitation to the so-called ANC rebels to come join the Democratic Alliance.
He is asking the ruling party MPs who voted in support of the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma to come join the DA.
Maimane indicated that ANC MPs would be welcomed in his party as long as they shared the organisation’s values‚ which include defending the constitution.
“The realignment of politics must be about the values that we share. So if the likes of [former finance minister] Pravin [Gordhan] and Makhosi stand on those issues‚ of course‚ let us build entities together that can take [SA forward]‚” Maimane said on Thursday.
“It’s a vision that we hold‚ it’s not just political pragmatism and finding a different home. It’s about saying‚ let us get together so that we can put the South African agenda forward and I am willing to work with people like that. They may not even come from the ANC‚ but various other [organisations].”
Maimane was speaking at the Cape Town Press Club.
Outspoken ANC MP Makhosi Khoza had been fired as chairperson of parliament’s portfolio committee on public service and administration.
Khoza said on Thursday that she was considering her future as an ANC MP.
“Would we offer seats [in parliament] to Pravin, Khoza, Hanekom, Gungubele? That’s not for me to say … it will obviously be an electoral process and we would have to rejig the [DA] list‚” Maimane said.
Maimane said it was encouraging that a considerable block of ANC MPs chose to cast their vote against Zuma under the cover of a secret ballot.
“We have said often‚ and still say‚ that the future of South African politics is in a fundamental realignment of people in defence of the constitution and its values‚” Maimane said.
“We know that in one form or another we will one day share the government benches with those 40 brave rebels who voted with us last week.”