DA's leadership vacuum: Helen Zille in charge after Maimane drops mic

DA's leadership vacuum: Helen Zille in charge after Maimane drops mic

- It's the day after Mmusi Maimane's resignation and the nation woke up contemplating the future of the Democratic Alliance

- The opposition party is reportedly set to boot Maimane as their parliamentary leader on Thursday

- With the Federal Executive scrambling to figure out who the boss is, things are set to get interesting

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Amid a flood of speculation, Mmusi Maimane resigned from his position at the helm of the Democratic Alliance.

Maimane, despite a massive fightback from the Federal Executive, explained why he had opted to turn his back on the opposition party:

"We have come to the conclusion that despite my best efforts, the DA is not the vehicle best suited to take forward the vision of building One South Africa for All. It is with great sadness that in order to continue the fight for this vision I so strongly believe in, and the country I so dearly love, I today tender my resignation as leader of the Democratic Alliance."

Athol Trollip, who had been slotted to take over the reins should something befall Maimane, had followed the outgoing leader out the door.

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Briefly.co.za reported that this move had closely followed Herman Mashaba's resignation in response to Helen Zille's rise to a powerful position in the DA.

The Federal Executive has now been left with the task of figuring out who is in charge of the party, with Maimane calling for an election in his resignation speech.

With Maimane slamming the DA's approach to diversity and non-racialism, it remains unclear who the party will choose in the wake of this massive blow to their reputation.

The Citizen reports that despite indicating that Maimane was willing to lead the party in Parliament until the end of the year, former colleagues are likely to remove him after his criticism.

In response to the situation, spokesperson Solly Malatsi revealed that the party's constitution offered no direction for what to do if party leadership boycotted the DA simultaneously.

Helen Zille, who many feel is the cause of all the drama, is currently the interim leader with chief whip John Steenhuisen the most likely replacement in the National Assembly until an election can be held.

The DA’s spokesperson, Solly Malatsi, confirmed the party’s constitution had never foreseen a situation in which both the federal chairperson and party leader resigned from their positions at the same time.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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