- Mmusi Maimane has finally put an end to widespread speculation over his time as the leader of the Democratic Alliance
- Sources within the opposition party had claimed that Maimane would be resigning from his position
- In a media briefing on Wednesday, Maimane confirmed his resignation with fellow member Athol Trollip joining him in leaving the party.
Mmusi Maimane has finally let South Africa know whether or not he will continue to lead the Democratic Alliance.
Briefly.co.za reported that Herman Mashaba had cut ties with the party after Helen Zille was appointed as the chairperson of the DA's federal council.
Many were convinced that Maimane, who had lauded Mashaba as a hero during the press briefing on his resignation, would follow the Joburg Mayor's lead and call it quits. And indeed, he has, taking Athol Trollip along with him.
Speaking alongside Maimane, Trollip commented on his surprising resignation from the party:
"My decision today is not an easy decision. It's a sad day for me. It's been an extraordinary privilege to serve this party for a great part of my life."
Maimane had been facing backlash and pressure from party members in recent times which had been aggravated by the controversy surrounding his rented home and a Steinhoff donation.
An internal investigation had cleared the politician of any wrongdoing, despite allegations that Maimane had held onto a Fortuner funded by the infamous company even after news broke of misconduct carried out by its CEO.
Professor at the University of the North West Andre Duvenhage told The Citizen that:
“His stepping down will have a number of consequences for the party and the impact will be more far-reaching than that of Patricia De Lille."
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