Gwen Ngwenya, The Democratic Alliance’s head of policy, has tendered the resignation letter to the party’s leader Mmusi Maimane, leaving her position a month before the launch of the party’s elections manifesto. DA members, confirming this information to local mass media, thanked Ngwenya for her work:
“We thank Ms Ngwenya for the role she has played, she will now dedicate herself full time to her energy portfolio and bring considerable expertise to bear to her parliamentary work,” party’s national spokesperson Solly Malatsi said to a local press.
She was appointed as the head of policy in early 2018.
The retirement, however, was due to operational as well as political causes, Ngwenya wrote in the letter which has already spread across the Internet.
“When I was approached to head up policy for the DA I was assured that the policy unit would have the support of the leadership, be semi-independent and would be there to provide unfettered advice based on research to the party. In addition, I would receive resources to fulfil the job, as well as the ability to recruit my own staff. None of these terms were partially, let alone wholly, fulfilled. Instead I was often hung out to dry in the face of unhappiness with policy within the party, there were untouchable policy areas, no budget was designated to the policy unit, and no additional staff could be hired. If these had been the terms presented to me from the onset there is every likelihood I would not have accepted the offer,” she wrote.
There were more unnamed reasons she did not mention in the letter, Ngwenya confirmed.