Given much support

THE article “DA MPL quits as accusations fly” (Daily Dispatch, July 23) refers. Before she resigned from office, Nokonwaba Dora Matikinca, was a DA MPL who had everything going for her and was given every opportunity to succeed.

In the DA she had found a political home that supported and valued her, and as she rose up the ranks her star shone brighter.

She came to the DA from the UDM, and by 2013 had become a DA councillor who showed promise and potential. She was mentored and upskilled by DA leadership and by her caucus leadership in Buffalo City Metro, and was set on a path to higher office.

By the 2014 elections it was clear she had the potential to become an MPL and so received potential candidates’ support and training, and successfully made it to the Eastern Cape legislature.

We personally worked with her on her computer skills and her skills for the legislature.

She was assisted by the DA to buy a motor car and with financial management – all of this to set her on a path to realise her full potential.

She was given the opportunity by her colleagues to represent the legislature caucus on the DA federal council and was first to run up on stage at our federal congress in May when Mmusi Maimane was elected our new federal leader.

But things went wrong when the political management of her constituency was found to be wanting. DA leadership stepped in and sat down with her to work out mutual remedial steps. When none of these were implemented by Matikinca, our provincial chairperson Veliswa Mvenya took her and her constituency under her wing.

Matikinca subsequently tried to recruit DA members to cross to other parties.

Someone who had such potential and was given all the opportunity to succeed in the DA had gone astray.

Any party should be sad to see an MPL resign and go, but as Matikinca has shown that she never truly had the best interest of the DA at heart, it is best we part ways.

Her slander of our inclusive, welcoming party for all is unfair. The DA gave her every opportunity and she chose to reject those opportunities. — Athol Trollip, DA federal chair

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