Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday afternoon resigned as leader of the Democratic Alliance and former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Athol Trollip also confirmed his resignation from the party and exit from politics.
Maimane said his leadership had been undermined by those who wanted to see him fail and that the party was no longer the vehicle best suited to take forward the vision of building one South Africa for all.
Bongani Bingwa speaks to United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa and South African Institute of Race Relations fellow Gabriel Crouse to share their views on Maimane's resignation.
His resignation didn't come as a surprise as we have seen how the DA embarked on a campaign to discredit him and how the owners of the DA sent a signal saying they were coming back, so the tenants had to leave.— Bantu Holomisa, Leader - UDM
Holomisa says the politics of coalitions have been in South Africa even before Maimane was a leader and coalitions will continue.
The onus is on the DA to elect a new leader and when that leader is ready, they will talk to other opposition parties, let us not personalise this matter. It is too early to judge the DA let them go back to the drawing board.— Bantu Holomisa, Leader - UDM
Holomisa says he doesnt see Maimane staying in the DA for a long time.
Crouse says he believes that Maimane is charismatic and talented speaker and he is not happy that he has taken that decision.
I think that it is clear that he has come to the position that the DA is not for him and part of his resignation had to do with policy.— Gabriel Crouse, Fellow - South African Institute of Race Relations
When the DA was debating using race as a proxy for the disadvantaged versus addressing poverty directly, Maimane shut down that debate, Crouse explains.
That was the first time I questioned his leadership in my own mind. And it seems that question on race, is at the heart of what is driving a wedge through the party.— Gabriel Crouse, Fellow - South African Institute of Race Relations
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