- John Moodey has announced his sudden resignation from the Democratic Alliance on Wednesday
- The long-time Gauteng leader explained that he no longer felt that the DA was his political home
- A major bone of contention has been comments made by Helen Zille, which Moodey says he can no longer turn a blind eye to
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Veteran Democratic Alliance Gauteng leader John Moodey has decided to resign from the nation's opposition party.
During a media briefing from his personal residence on Wednesday, Moodey explained that he no longer felt like the DA was his political home:
"I'm deeply saddened, uncomfortable and I am no longer at home in the DA."
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Moodey was campaigning for the opposition party's top spot with the position of leader set to be filled during the DA's October conference.
Despite setting his sights on this post, Moodey explained that he simply couldn't stomach Helen Zille's controversial comments on race and the party's answering silence:
"I have regrettably, and after many souls searching [sic], reached a point where I am unable to defend these insensitive utterances and statements."
This isn't the first major resignation following Zille's return to the political party she once led.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that both former Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba and ex-party leader Mmusi Maimane threw in the towel shortly after her unexpected return.
At the time, Mashaba had also shunned the DA as a party which had lost its way and no longer spoke to his values. Both political titans have since gone on to begin their own ventures as opposed to returning to the party.
This is a developing story and more information will be provided as updates become available.
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