The five City of Cape Town councillors who resigned as DA members on Thursday have demanded that DA leader Mmusi Maimane withdraw an alleged defamatory statement he made against them by 6pm on Monday.
They said his failure to retract the statement would result in them suing him and the DA for defamation.
During a meting of the Cape Town city council on Thursday‚ Shaun August‚ Suzette Little‚ Siya Mamkeli‚ Thulani Stemele and Greg Barnardo announced their resignations from council and as members of the DA.
“We did so individually and after each of us had taken a long considered personal decision about our future in the DA. Each of us did so for our own reasons.”
They said Maimane was reported‚ by the media‚ to have said on Friday that the reason they had left the party was because the Bowmans investigations had implicated them.
They said Maimane was reported to have said the Bowmans report “made serious findings against these people. They must be investigated.”
The five said Maimane had repeated this claim in his newsletter Bokamoso‚ when he said now that a credible forensic investigation by a credible legal firm had allegedly implicated the five in tender irregularities‚ the DA was suddenly a racist party.