JOHANNESBURG – Mmusi Maimane has resigned as the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA).
Mashaba’s resignation has already placed the DA’s position on coalitions at risk and Maimane’s resignation could make matters worse.
“It is with great sadness that in order to continue this fight for the vision I strongly believe and the country I so dearly love, I will today step down as leader of the DA,” he told the media.
“Over the past few months it has become more and more clear to me that there exists those in the DA who do not see eye-to-eye with me, who do not share the vision for the party and the direction it was taking.
“There have been several months of consistent and coordinated attacks on me and my leadership, to ensure that this project failed or I failed,” he added.
Mmusi’s resignation comes two days after Herman Mashaba announced his resignation from the party and subsequently as Johannesburg mayor.
Athol Trollip also confirmed his resignation from the party and exit from politics.
Maimane has had the shortest reign as leader of the DA, resigning just four years after taking over.
He made history when he became the first black leader of the party as well as the youngest.