- After a bitter first week in the job, Helen Zille has found herself spearheading the Democratic Alliance
- With the recent resignations of party leadership, the party now has to regroup and decide on the way forward
- Zille shared some insight on what will come next for the opposition party on social media
It's been a trying time for the Democratic Alliance with the political party now faced with appointing new leadership.
Briefly.co.za reported that a 'vacuum' had been created as both leader Mmusi Maimane and his replacement, Athol Trollip, threw in the towel.
Helen Zille, who temporarily holds the reins, has shed some light on what will come next for South Africa's opposition party.
Zille slammed those who dubbed the resignations a setback for 'non-racialism':
"Amusing to see the DA's strongest ideological opponents, who never gave a fig and would never vote for us, writing heart-wrenching analyses about the terrible setback for the DA and for "non-racialism". Of the 6 people who resigned, 4 are white. Yesterday we steadied the ship."
But, more importantly, she indicated that in mid-November a special election would take place to appoint an interim leader and chair.
The two candidates would serve to lead the DA until April next year when the permanent replacements of both Maimane and Trollip will be chosen.
With chief whip John Steenhuisen stripped of his title following Maimane's exodus, Zille says that the Parliamentary caucus would be electing both a new leader and a chief whip within a week.
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