Johannesburg – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has already filled Mike Waters’ shoes, has wished him well and continues to back the decision for the Phoenix banners to have been brought down.
The provincial chairperson, Fred Nel, said that the transition from Waters, who was the Gauteng East regional campaign manager, had been smooth and had a minimal impact on party activities ahead of the looming local government elections.
Waters wrote a scathing attach on the DA, saying that he couldn’t continue to promote and defend a party capable of spineless treachery.
The former campaign manager was at odds the DA’s decision to bring down the controversial posters which were hung in Phoenix where vigilante groups killed more than 30 people, most of whom were black, during the July unrest.
The DA first said the banners were to pay homage to those who stood to defend their properties, but Nel said that once a political party took a decision, it must be respected by members.
“When a political decision is taken in a political party, there is usually a debate and it doesn’t matter what your position on the matter is, once the party has taken a decision, we all fall in line,” said Nel.