- Herman Mashaba announced his resignation as the mayor of Johannesburg during a media briefing on Monday
- While Mashaba had previously indicated he would leave the DA should Helen Zille return to the party, the move has still come as a surprise to many
- Citizens took to social media to express their sadness at losing a brilliant leader
Herman Mashaba has left the Democratic Alliance after Helen Zille emerged as the chairperson for the federal council.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Joburg mayor had announced his resignation in a press conference on Monday morning.
The politician had threatened to throw in the towel should Zille manage to position herself as the chair of the DA council, and it seems Mashaba has kept his word.
Zille had indicated her desire to ease any concerns that Mashaba had over her new role in the DA, but it appears this was a case of too little, too late.
Mmusi Maimane, opposition leader, who had been present at the briefing, thanked Mashaba for his service to the Democratic Alliance.
This development has been met with extreme disappointment by many, who lauded Mashaba as an asset to the region he served.
Numerous citizens anticipate further resignations to follow the mayor's exit, but so far this remains speculation.
People thanked Mashaba for his dedication to his job, with some feeling he had managed to do more than the ruling ANC had during his short time at the helm of the city.
Take a look at some of the responses to the situation below:
People thanked Mashaba for his dedication to his job, with some feeling he had managed to do more than the ruling ANC had during his short time at the helm of the ity.