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South Africa's Mmusi Maimane resigns as DA leader

by Mandla Ndlovu
23 Oct 2019 at 17:28hrs | Views
Leader of South Africa's leading opposition party Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane has resigned over irreconcilable differences with the party leadership.

Speaking during a press conference at Nkululeko House on Wednesday Maimane said, "it was crucial that DA transforms into a party for all. A true SA party at centre of politics. I wanted to grow the party amongst all citizens. It is no secret that the DA was historically seen as a party for minorities and black South Africans struggled to trust it. DA has been seen as a party for minorities, that majority of black South Africans didn't relate to the DA and struggled to trust the DA."

Maimane said in 2016 the party tried to work on a program to poor people is South Africa and said the Municipality coalition governments  were the best.

"In 2016 we worked hard to restore the dignity of the poor, to give unemployed South Africans a sense of hope. I maintain it was a good decision to form those coalition governments. The party's review panel report suggested otherwise.

"During the parties 28th conference, I sponsored the party's diversity clause. the struggle in this country was never about the removal of a race, it was always was about the removal of a system. Make no mistake, along the journey we have made some tough decisions, fought many battles, I have fought even with Helen Zille around her comments, but I have maintained my respect for her."

Maimane added that his family was now in danger because of his political activities.

"Over the last few months there have been attacks against me. This cowardly behavior has put my wife and kids in great danger."

Source - Byo24News