Newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) Federal Executive council chairperson Helen Zille says she does not know why Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba resigned.
Mashaba announced on Monday that he is resigning from the DA and from his top municipal post effective from the end of November.
Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Zille says she spoke to party leader Mmusi Maimane following rumours that Mashaba would resign.
It is regrettable that he resigned but I don't know why he resigned.— Helen Zille, Federal council chairperson - DA
My understanding from some people was that he thought I would bring an end to his mayoralty in Johannesburg. I don't know if this is true because I haven't spoken to him.— Helen Zille, Federal council chairperson - DA
Herman Mashaba is always free to do what he likes.— Helen Zille, Federal council chairperson - DA
Zille says Mashaba should know that she has no power to remove him from office as stipulated in the party's constitution.
She adds that she stayed in her lane and did not speak directly to Mashaba.
It is for the leader Mmusi Maimane to phone Mashaba to discuss the pros and cons of him resigning.— Helen Zille, Federal council chairperson - DA
Mmusi and I had a long conversation and I gave some opinions and supported what he was going to do.— Helen Zille, Federal council chairperson - DA
Listen to the full interview below...