The DA's acting director of communications, Mabine Seabe, is leaving the party to pursue a new venture in the private sector. He announced his resignation on Tuesday.
"For the record, I resigned on my own terms. I am working on an exciting venture with some talented people to change how the private sector communicates and channels its CSI funding. I wish my former colleagues all the very best," Seabe tweeted on Tuesday morning.
He previously served as former DA leader Mmusi Maimane's spokesperson, as media and issues specialist for the DA in the Gauteng legislature and as national director of communications.
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Before joining the DA in 2013, he was a vocal activist, who served on the national committee on My Vote Counts, and on the board of Youth Lab, a policy think-tank which sought to provide platforms for young people and decision-makers to exchange ideas and develop strategies.
Speaking to News24 on Tuesday morning, Seabe said he was going to establish a communications consultancy that will bring political parties, corporates and non-governmental organisations together.
"My focus is now on what I can do outside the political sphere," said Seabe, explaining that his new venture would involve a close friend and people seeking to get different stakeholders to engage one another, communicate better and to invest in sustainable projects for the benefit of the country.
"I strongly believe 2020 is a do or die moment for South Africa and if we don't put our differences aside, political or otherwise we will be in a worse situation that will be hard to get back from."
The move by the former acting communication's director comes as no surprise, with some in the party having already predicted behind closed doors that he would part ways with the DA following the resignation of its former leader Mmusi Maimane last year.
The two have had a close relationship, which started with Seabe working on Maimane's campaign for Gauteng premier in the lead up to the 2014 general elections.
He went on to serve as Maimane's spokesperson, before working for the party in the Gauteng legislature and taking over as the acting director of communications following the 2019 general elections.
Maimane's departure followed the DA's poor showing at the May 2019 polls.
Seabe said while he had spoken to Maimane he preferred to work with politicians in an advisory capacity.
"Mmusi and I have spoken about what he is doing, going into [the] advisory space and if he needs council I will be happy to give it to him as well as anyone who wants to help build a better South Africa," said Seabe.
Seabe also couldn't commit to remaining a member of the party, saying he had just received notice that his membership was due to expire and would need to think about whether he should renew it.