- Atholl Trollip took to Twitter to praise Helen Zille
- This came after Zille pledged her support for Mmusi Maimane
- She was responding to a recent poll which suggested that Zille was more popular than the current DA leader
Athol Trollip has praised Helen Zille for supporting Mmusi Maimane.
This follows a recent poll which suggested that Zille was more popular than Maimane and that the DA would benefit from Zille joining the campaign trail.
Trollip said Zille's support for her successor indicated her maturity as a leader.
He called Zille an "amazing example". He was responding to a tweet in which Helen Zille praised Mmusi Maimane. Zille said that Maimane had led the DA into government in several cities like Johannesburg and Tshwane - a feat that Zille never achieved while she was the leader of the DA.
This will be the first national election in years where Zille will not be the DA's presidential candidate.
She will not a candidate for any office, in fact, as she will be stepping down as Western Cape premier when her current term ends.
Nevertheless, Helen Zille thanked Trollip for his message, saying she was "always there to advance our values" despite no longer being the party leader.
Zille led the party during a period of significant growth in support and expansion into new municipialities. She took over the party in 2007.
It received 12.7% of the vote in the 2004 national elections, but under Zille's leadership grew to 22.2% in 2014, the last national election where Zille was party leader.
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