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.
The apparent beef between newly-elected Fed-ex council chairperson, Helen Zille, and outgoing Joburg mayor, Herman Mashaba has reared its head on social media.
There is no love lost between the two DA leaders and while they may have been able to keep it to themselves in the past, things have certainly changed after this past weekend’s events.
Helen Zille gets checked for making erroneous statements
Mashaba made it abundantly clear, in the weeks leading up to the DA’s federal council meeting that took place between Saturday and Sunday, 20 October, that if Zille returned to claim the party’s most influential position, he would vacate his position.
Sure enough, the inevitable happened and this week, Mashaba threw in the towel. Murmurs of a deeper, darker reason behind the resignation have surfaced but Zille was more concerned about the outgoing mayor’s relationship with Free Market Foundation and his involvement with the non-profit organisation.
In a recent interview, Zille, trying to expose Mashaba’s apparent hypocrisy, alleged that the mayor was, at one point, president of the NPO which, in 2015, hosted a Libertarian Seminar (LibSem) in the exclusively white town of Orania, Northern Cape.
She took it a step further and tweeted Mashaba about it, probing his ‘progressive’ politics when a move such as that which she alleged was regressive.
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) October 22, 2019
However, Zille did not expect the lashing she received when FMF released a statement rubbishing her claims.
“The most interesting thing about Helen Zille’s allegation that Herman Mashaba was Free Market Foundation (FMF) President when the FMF held a Libertarian Seminar in Orania under his watch, is that none of it is true. Mashaba was never FMF President, the FMF has never held a Libertarian Seminar (LibSem), and the FMF has never held an event in Orania.
“We could leave it there, but for relevant elaboration. LibSems have been held annually for 40 years, often in obscure places. Since Zille agreed to speak at LibSem four days ago, she should not castigate Mashaba for a LibSem association, even if he had one,” the NPO revealed in a statement.
Herman Mashaba claps back at Fed-ex council chair and DA
Mashaba, who came across a publication on Zille’s claims, could not hold back his disgust in the Fed-ex council chair’s apparent desperation and obsession.
He criticised her for relying on an unknown source (which was her response to the FMF’s statement) to tarnish someone’s character.
It is unfortunate and deeply worrying that a senior political leader in our country can on tarnishing someone’s character on a basis of an unknown source, and not be prepared to take responsibility @Our_DA https://t.co/u7AdRKLGC0
— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) October 23, 2019
The two are certainly not on good terms but the question remains if this is going to somehow impact the outcome of an urgent Fed-ex council meeting that is taking place on Wednesday.
On the agenda is the future of the outgoing mayor. He is currently serving out his notice period but by close-of-business, he may be ordered to vacate his seat immediately — and Zille will have a lot of influence in the decision that is to be taken.