- After Helen Zille's election as federal council chairperson, a number of senior DA members resigned
- Most of them have been replaced by white members of the DA
- Although the new DA leader may be one of three shortlisted candidates, none of whom are white
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Former DA leader Helen Zille narrowly won the election for the federal council chairperson by just 7 votes beating rival Athol Trollip.
With her, at the helm, the party is set to embark on a new chapter. Zille's victory emboldened those who wanted Mmusi Maimane gone and an opportunity to allow them to dictate the tone of the party going forward.
The people who have been chosen for the most powerful positions within the party happen to have one thing in common - they are all white according to the citizen.co.za.
John Steenhuisen won to the position of DA leader in parliament unopposed, Natasha Mazzone may replace Steenhuised as chief whip and Geordin Hill-Lewis to become the new CEO.
This seems to be a whitewash of the DA, but reports also indicate that Zwakele Mncwango, the DA KwaZulu-Natal leader, John Moodey, Gauteng leader and Ivan Meyer have been shortlisted for the position as party leader. None of them are white.
Gwen Ngwenya, the former head of policy and part of the Zille faction, might make a comeback. Mbali Ntuli has been tipped as a possible interim leader until the November 17 vote takes place.
Maimane's exit for the party was believed to spark a "black exodus" from the party but this has not happened.
After the DA's dismal performance in the last election, where the party lost an estimated 400 000 votes, the first time that the party has failed to grow since 1995, calls for a new leader were made.
Maimane found himself one the wrong side of a powerful faction within the ANC called the "1959 faction" which does not agree with race-based policies and clashed with Maimane on the issue several times.
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