Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has refuted claims made by the party’s former policy head, Gwen Ngwenya, that the DA does not have a comprehensive policy position. Maimane was speaking on the side-lines of a march for jobs in Kimberley. In her widely circulated resignation letter, Ngwenya says the DA spends most of its resources on marketing and has left the policy unit with inexperienced staff and no budget resulting in policy under-development.

However, Maimane has hit back at Ngwenya saying her allegations are unfounded.

“How can you be a political party and not be serious about that? It actually shows that when we’re talking to this country and South Africans we will, for them, demonstrate that we are the only ones who can put an alternative to the people of South Africa and a future for all our people.”

Maimane says the party will demonstrate its policies at the launch of its election manifesto which is expected to take place on 23 February.

“We are building towards our manifesto. We have accepted her resignation and moving ahead. What’s most important is that already, our manifesto has great ideas about how to grow the economy and make sure there are jobs for all South Africans.”