In light of the recent turmoil that the Democratic Alliance (DA) finds itself in, Eusebius McKaiser and journalist and author Redi Tlhabi share their views on the matter.
Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday afternoon resigned as leader of the DA and former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip also confirmed his resignation from the party and exit from politics.
Maimane’s resignation follows the stepping down of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Monday.
Herman Mashaba resigning was a big surprise and when my colleagues in the media were tweeting about this press conference that kept being delayed, I just couldn’t see how Maimane would stay in the DA and maintain his integrity and his identity, it just didn’t make sense.
— Redi Tlhabi, Journalist and author
It didn’t make sense, that is why he had to resign the morning after.
— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
Tlhabi says when Maimane in his resignation speech said the DA was not the vehicle to take us to utopia, she questioned why he would stay on as parliamentary leader if he believed that.
Even though Maimane didn’t achieve to increase the DA’s share of the vote, she doesn’t believe he was a puppet.
I don’t think he was a puppet, but I think he has not defined quite clearly his own political philosophy based on the chaotic society that he represents. I don’t think South Africa is a place for khumbaya, things are ugly here, they are nasty and
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