- Helen Zille's appointment as the Democratic Alliance's new federal council chairperson has undoubtedly caused waves
- Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba's resignation was a blow for the party, with speculation rife that more members will call it quits
- Briefly.co.za explores what Zille's new title means and exactly how much power she will have in the opposition party
Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has returned once more to a position within the party.
Briefly.co.za reported that the former Western Cape Premier had been left wondering what had happened when Johannesburg Mayor and esteemed politician Herman Mashaba responded to the situation by throwing in the towel.
But what does the position of federal council chairperson even mean and why all the hype?
The opposition party explained that the chairperson of its federal council and federal chairperson are two completely different roles.
The federal council chairperson is responsible for the organisation and administration of the DA, as well as, implementing both the council's and federal executive's decisions.
Zille will be working full-time chairing the more frequent meetings of the executive which controls party activities.
The party explained that Zille is now not only in charge of the DA's top decision-making body (after its national congress) but also of the Federal Executive Committee.
This committee manages the smaller day-to-day issues with binding decision-making powers. This committee can institute disciplinary steps and even endorse appointments and approve coalition agreements.
An example of how powerful the Federal Council is had occurred just before the May elections when the committee had attempted to push for provincial leaders to have more say in the process of selecting elected public representative candidates.
Leader Mmusi Maimane had the support of the committee, but not the council and this had been enough to have the motion turned down.
Daily Maverick reports that the council has the capability to indicate an early congress, bad news for Maimane who is allegedly facing pressure to resign.
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