In a bid resolve leadership crises which has plunged the party into turmoil, Democratic Alliance (DA) had on Thursday convened teleconference meeting to attend to the situation following simultaneous resignation of Party leader and Federal chairperson
In a statement following the meeting of the party’s federal executive (FedEx) via teleconference, the party’s new Federal Council chairperson, Helen Zille said [we] have taken a resolution to appoint interim DA Leader and Federal Chairperson on November 17.
She said elective conference is scheduled for April 2020.
The appointments follow simultaneous resignation on Wednesday, October 24, 2019 of Mmusi Maimane as party leader and Federal chairperson, Athol Trollip.
Although Maimane suggested he will stay as a Member of Parliament until November, Parliamentary Caucus said once a politician stop being a leader of the party he or she automatically ceases to occupy the position.
DA Parliamentary Caucus sat today [Thursday] to discuss Maimane as a Member of Parliament.
Caucus Chairperson, Annelie Lotriet said she will act as the Interim Parliamentary Leader until a Caucus election takes place.
“It is false reports that John Steenhuisen has resigned as Chief Whip of the DA’s Parliamentary Caucus. We link the tenure of the Chief Whip of the National Assembly to that of the Parliamentary Leader. This is because the Parliamentary Leader appoints the Chief Whip.
Considering Maimane’s resignation as MP, Steenhuisen’s tenure automatically ended. The DA’s Deputy Chief Whip, Jacques Julius, elected by Caucus, will take over as Interim Chief Whip,” said Lotriet.
Announcing his resignation as DA leader on October 24, 2019, Maimane explained that over the past months, he knows there was a grouping within the party which do not see eye to eye with him, saying they do not share his vision and the direction he was taking the organization.
“We began to campaign in black communities to spearhead growth, and I led this charge. We changed the internal focus of the party towards grassroots activism and engaged communities and established branches in new terrain.”
He said for several months there has been a consistent and coordinated attempt to undermine his leadership and make sure that either his project fails, or he fails.
There have been many difficulties. I fought battles with Helen Zille, of her comments – and the impact of her comments – as it pertained to colonialism.
These sentiments did not help build trust between black and white South Africans, and they undermined the project the in which party was engaged.
“This extended to the smear campaign that run on the front pages of an Afrikaans paper to destroy my name and my integrity,” said Maimane.
He added that this cowardly behaviour has put his wife and published his two young children in great danger and pictures of our house in the media.
The first politician to drop the bombshell is Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba.
He ended his DA membership and resigned as Johannesburg Mayor, saying he will not continue to associate himself with a party that undermine his vision.
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