- Mmusi Maimane has resigned after a lengthy attempt by the Federal Executive to persuade him otherwise
- Athol Trollip joined him in calling it quits and Herman Mashaba is a figure fading in the distance
- Naturally, the nation's politicians are weighing in on the situations and Patricia de Lille wasn't going to miss this moment for anything in the world
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The Democratic Alliance is about to go through some serious changes with the party being hit by three high-profile resignations in the space of a few days.
Newly-appointed chairperson Helen Zille was handed the task of voicing the party's reaction to both leader Mmusi Maimane and Athol Trollip announcing their departure.
Briefly.co.za reported that speculation of Maimane's withdrawal was rife in the lead-up to this development with Herman Mashaba's resignation less than a few days beforehand.
Now that the dust is settling, policial figures in South Africa are digesting the news and sharing their views on the situation.
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Former DA member, minister and GOOD leader Patricia de Lille is savouring the moment:
"I hate to say I told you so but I am going to say it anyway. I am not claiming to be a sangoma but I warned Mmusi Maimane that if he didn’t stand on principle his party’s laptop boys would swallow him up and spit him out."
De Lille is adamant that Maimane had seen the 'blue train' approaching but hadn't managed to find a way out of its path. As far as her former party, she said:
"The DA is well on its way on the path of destruction, and it’s best we don’t disturb them. South Africans who care about all our people must continue to come together for common GOOD. To Mmusi I say: GOOD bye, Im glad to see you go and hope you have a GOOD time."
Former DA head of policy Gwen Ngwenya reacted to Maimane's claim that the opposition party is not the party that will be able to provide a "South Africa for all":
The party's Phumzile Van Damme thanked Maimane for his contribution to building a united country:
Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama is adamant that Maimane had been pushed out the door instead of walking out of it:
As far as Maimane himself, he indicated relief at the close of this chapter in life. The outgoing leader has apparently cast his eye to the future.
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