Mmusi Maimane. Photo: Flickr/Liberal International

Politicians react to Maimane resigning as the leader of the DA

Maimane quit as the DA’s leader but would continue his work as an MP in parliament.


Mmusi Maimane. Photo: Flickr/Liberal International

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

Maimane 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.”

Maimane said:

“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

Malema 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.

The post 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.”

The EFF Leader also retweeted a thread that alleged Helen Zille had been “experimenting with the black project” when she allowed Maimane, Mashaba, and Lindiwe Mazibuko to lead in the DA.

The poster accused Zille of making u-turning “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 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.