Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has disputed media reports that the DA intends to remove Helen Zille as premier of the Western Cape.
This follows weekend newspaper reports which quoted Maimane as saying Zille should have been removed from decision-making structures after she stepped down as party leader.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Maimane spoke about the difficulties in his relationship with Zille, saying it was untenable to keep your former leader and your current leader in the same structures.
Speaking to SA FM on Monday morning Maimane says his relationship with Zille remains professional and that she has done a great job in governing the Western Cape.
“She is running the best government in the country and that’s by independent indicators. It’s very clear when you look at the Auditor General report. The Western Cape delivers the cleanest audit that delivers services to people and unemployment in the WC is the lowest, so certainly she will finish her term in office,” says Maimane.