- Herman Mashaba is expected to cut his ties with the Democratic Alliance today
- The Joburg Mayor's anticipated resignation comes after Helen Zille won her bid to become federal council chairperson
- However, Zille wants to discuss Mashaba's concerns about the situation amid plenty of speculation
Sources within the Democratic Alliance are adamant that Herman Mashaba will be resigning today.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Joburg Mayor had announced a press briefing to discuss the outcome of the internal elections that saw Helen Zille appointed federal council chairperson.
In response to questions on this, Zille says that she would like a chance to put Mashaba's concerns at ease.
The SABC reports that Zille has indicated she would like a meeting with the Mayor over the issue:
“I wouldn’t jump into conclusion about Herman Mashaba by what I read in the newspapers and I would love to have a chat with Herman Mashaba. In fact, if I recall correctly I was one of the people who recruited him into the Democratic Alliance. I did my very best and will continue doing my best to recruit people into the DA.”
Mashaba had been adamant, in the lead up to the election, that he would throw in the towel should Zille emerge the victor of the election.
Mmusi Maimane, DA leader, applauded Zille for the achievement, commenting that her leadership will strengthen the party:
“I also want to congratulate Helen Zille and I want to wish her well on her election of Chairperson of Federal Council. Certainly, I think that it will be good. She brings in a new energy. She’ll be full-time in the role. She’ll bring vigour and ultimately, she’ll work with the leadership of the organisation. The leader of the organisation provides the direction of the organisation. I want to call upon all members of the DA, ultimately, we have to focus on the future and focus on the future of South Africa.”
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