- Mmusi Maimane's future in the Democratic Alliance is reportedly causing panic among his allies
- Following Helen Zille's rise to a top job in the party, which led to Herman Mashaba's resignation, speculation is rife that the DA chief will follow suit
- With Maimane noticeably absent during a National Assembly sitting, the ANC further fuelled the rumours that Mmusi would step down
The speculation over whether or not Mmusi Maimane will resign as the leader of the Democratic Alliance is only growing.
News24 reports that panic has set in among his allies over reports that his time at the helm of the opposition party may soon be over.
The Democratic Alliance's federal executive is holding an urgent meeting today (Wednesday, 23 October) after Herman Mashaba resigned as the mayor of Johannesburg.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mashaba had blamed Helen Zille's rise to the position of federal council chairperson as one of the reasons for the premature departure from his post.
Several leaders, on both provincial and national levels, claim that it is not a question of if Maimane will leave but when, with one source reportedly commenting:
"The clock is close to midnight for Mmusi. If I was a betting man, I wouldn't give him more than two weeks. It's going to be rough. Mmusi is completely going to be roasted. He has to be taken to task about his 'hero' comments."
Maimane's absence was noted during a sitting in the National Assembly on Tuesday, where ANC members of Parliament had heckled the DA on the issue.
While there had been many open spots, Maimane was almost a constant presence and his chief whip, John Steenhuisen, had been subjected to calls of "Where's Maimane?" and "He wants to take over from Maimane!".
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