South Africa: DA Leaderless After Maimane and Trollip Resign

Mmusi Maimane, left, announces his resignation as leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance. Behind him at the press conference are Helen Zille, the party's newly elected Federal Council Chairperson, centre, and Athol Trollip, who resigned as party chairperson on the same day.

After a marathon wait, Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday announced he has stepped down as leader of the DA. Maimane's ally and DA federal chair Athol Trollip also resigned, despite the DA's federal executive preferring that the pair stay and wait for a party congress.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane and his federal chairperson Athol Trollip resigned on Wednesday 23 October, rejecting requests from the party's federal executive to complete their terms until the DA holds its early congress and leaving the DA temporarily without a leader.

Maimane and Trollip made the announcements after a marathon meeting at the party's Nkululeko House in Bruma, Johannesburg.

"There comes a time when leaders must step back from all the noise and conjecture, and make a sober and honest assessment as to what the future holds," said Maimane.

"And in the end we have come to the conclusion that despite my best efforts, the DA is not the vehicle best suited to take forward the vision of building one South Africa for all."

Maimane will stay on as the DA's parliamentary leader until the end of 2019. He said he will remain in politics but did not explain in what role.

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