- Like most of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane's resignation was not music to John Steenhuisen's ears
- The chief whip has now been stripped of his title, confirming that his term had ended when Maimane walked out the door
- What has already been a traumatic week for the nation's opposition is seemingly worsening
John Steenhuisen is no longer the chief whip of the Democratic Alliance following Mmusi Maimane's resignation.
The South African reports that Steenhuisen confirmed the situation, revealing that his term is linked to Mmusi Maimane's presence in the DA.
Briefly.co.za reported that Steenhuisen is a likely interim Parliamentary replacement for the outgoing leader until more concrete plans can be made.
As far as heading the opposition party, Helen Zille has inherited the top role after only three whole days as the newly-elected federal council chairperson.
Despite the effect on his preferred post in Parliament, Steenhuisen paid tribute to both Maimane and Athol Trollip, commenting that:
“It was an honour to work with Mmusi and Athol over many years. Thank you for your leadership, commitment and dedication to the cause. We must work to continue the project. As Ted Kennedy said, ‘The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.’ ”
With the Democratic Alliance in a situation they have no game plan for, the political party is set for a bumpy ride in the days following its mass leadership exodus.
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