The Democratic Alliance Leader, Mmusi Maimane officially tendered his resignation on Wednesday, 23 October 2019. A number of politicians have since reacted to the news.
Why did Mmusi Maimane resign
made the announcement at Nkululeko House, the party’s Federal Head Office in
Johannesburg. The former leader revealed that his main reason for quitting was
because the political party didn’t have his vision of “building One South
Africa for All.”
“It is with great sadness that in order to continue the fight for this vision I so strongly believe in, and the country I so dearly love, I today tender my resignation as leader of the Democratic Alliance.”
Mmusi Maimane, former DA Leader
reacts to Maimane resigning
Taking to Twitter, the Economic Freedom Front’s (EFF) Leader, Julius Malema, reacted to Maimane’s resignation news by retweeting a number of posts. One such post was by the UDM’s Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Mongameli Bobani.
featured a video of a group of men whom Bobani joked were Maimane, Athol
Trollip, and Herman Mashaba. The mayor mocked the three men saying the video of
them failing to reel in a cow was their attempt “to take on Nontsapo before
#DAFedEx and #DApresser.”
Leader also retweeted a thread on Twitter that alleged Helen Zille had been “experimenting
with the black project” when she allowed Maimane, Mashaba and Lindiwe Mazibuko
to lead in the DA.
accused Zille of making a “U-turned with speed to normalise and appease the
verkrampte racist that is the DA core constituency.”
Phumzile Van Damme wishes the former DA Leader well
Phumzile Van Damme, a DA MP and the Shadow Minister of
Communications and Digital Technology shared a photo of herself with Maimane.
In the caption of the post, she thanked him for his work in politics and shared
her anticipation for the work they would continue doing in parliament.
She also tweeted a couple of times clarifying that the
former leader wasn’t leaving the DA. In his resignation speech, Maimane said I he
would continue in his role “as parliamentary leader until the end of the year,
after which the party will go to Congress to elect new leadership.”
Zille’s cryptic tweet
Earlier in the day, Zille posted a poem by Charles Mackay
that spoke about having enemies. The poem alluded to how when you have dabbled
in the rough, you are bound to have enemies.
The tweet was quite ironic as Maimane spoke about those in
the DA “who do not see eye to eye with me.” And members who “do not share this
vision for the party and the direction it was taking.”
The Democratic Alliance’s reaction to Maimane’s resignation
The DA responded to Maimane’s revelation by thanking him and
Trollip “for your selfless service to the DA and to the nation.” The political
party also shared the former leader’s resignation speech.