- The Democratic Alliance remains eerily silent as Mmusi Maimane announced he had withdrawn as the party's parliamentary leader
- This comes just hours after he revealed his anticipated resignation as the opposition's leader
- The party's parliamentary caucus is set to declare a leadership vacancy and request nominations for his replacement
It seems as if Mmusi Maimane is eager to cut ties with the Democratic Alliance, with the outgoing leader announcing his withdrawal from Parliament.
Briefly.co.za reported that during his resignation address on Wednesday, Maimane had indicated his willingness to continue representing the DA in the National Assembly until the end of the year.
However, Maimane indicated on social media that this is no longer the case, commenting that:
"I have worked tirelessly to build the project of One SA for All. It’s been my greatest honour to serve the people of SA and will continue to do so. I have today resigned from the DA and Parliament. Thank you to the people of this country for your faith in our nation. God bless SA."
BusinessLIVE reports that a senior Member of Parliament had commented on Maimane's claim that the DA is 'not the best vehicle to take forward the fight for one SA for all':
“He cannot say such a thing about the party and expect to continue in his role in Parliament. That’s madness."
While the opposition party has released no further comment on the dire situation, another member commented that Maimane is unlikely to show face at an emergency meeting to determine the way forward and nominate new leadership candidates:
“I honestly believe he won’t even come. The caucus is absolutely furious with him. I don’t think they will even let him in if he comes. So, I expect that the caucus will declare a vacancy and call for nominations."
As the most senior party member, Helen Zille, less than a week after returning to the DA, has been left in charge.
Chief whip John Steenhuisen is reportedly a likely replacement for Maimane as far as representation in the National Assembly is concerned.
However, despite speculation, the party's leadership vacuum has left the door open to countless possibilities.
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