JOHANNESBURG: The Democratic Alliance (DA) national spokeswoman’s appointment to the party’s higher structure has been found to be ‘illegal’.
According to the City Press, a legal opinion obtained by a rival of the DA’s Natasha Mazzone for the position of deputy federal chairperson has found her election to the post to be invalid.
The advice, sought by Gauteng South chairperson Khume Ramulifho and distributed to the DA’s federal executive committee this week, punched holes in the party’s “erroneous reasoning” for allowing Mazzone to keep that position.
Ramulifho, who contested Mazzone for the position, has threatened court action, accusing the DA of “appointing” the latter in a procedurally flawed process.
He says that the decision to vote for the second deputy chairperson was made before the constitution was amended. At the time, the DA’s constitution had provided for a federal chairperson and one deputy.
The party’s congress in April resolved to amend the constitution, but the decision was not ratified.
Ramulifho argues that the decision that Mazzone would take up the position – she was the runner-up to deputy federal chairperson Thomas Walters – was illegal. He pointed out that the party had to wait for the federal council to adopt the amendment instead of voting for a nonexistent position.
The matter had been referred to the DA’s federal legal commission, which had the power and authority to interpret the party’s constitution and decide on the legality of what transpired.
The commission found that there was a defect at the time the vote took place as the position had not yet been created.