Western Cape education MEC Debbie Shafer said it was untenable to allow DA public representatives to enjoy the protection of opposition parties whenever they were charged with wrongdoing.
“We are a political party and we should allow a political party to take political decisions. It’s untenable to have a person who is protected in power by the opposition‚” Shafer said.
Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela‚ who is seen as next in line for De Lille’s job‚ also spoke in support on the amendment saying that public representatives were members of the DA before they occupy office.
DA MP Dean Macpherson spoke against members who looked after their own interests and not those of the DA.
“I think we should be very clear that as the DA moves to new waters in leading government‚ we can’t allow governments to be held hostage by special interest groups outside of the DA‚” he said.
Another DA MP‚ Masizole Mnqasela‚ emphasised the need for the party to uphold the rule of natural justice.
“We need due process …in order for people to be protected against the onslaught by those wanting to be mayors [and] sub-council chairperson. We need to protect this party‚” he said.
But Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga warned against the party making changes that favour interests of certain individuals. “No individual must hold the party to ransom but everybody has a right to fairness‚” he added.