DA cowards, colonialism and colour: 8 quotes from Mmusi Maimane's resignation

2019-10-23 20:28

Mmusi Maimane says that the ''emancipation of black South Africans is not the enslavement of white South Africans.''

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23 Oct 20:55

As the battle for the soul of the DA appeared to reached boiling point, two senior leaders - Mmusi Maimane and federal chair Athol Trollip - resigned, leaving the party deeply divided. This comes in the wake of Helen Zille taking up the powerful role of federal council chairperson. Here is a look at some of Maimane's quotes:

1. I am not a career politician, and I have never sought to be. I have always only been driven by a vision to build a united, prosperous and reconciled South Africa where all citizens have a fair shot in life and where the colour of your skin does not determine your future prospects.

2. During my tenure as DA leader, I relentlessly sought to grow the party amongst all South Africans - but specifically black South Africans.

3. I fundamentally believed that if the DA was to become a party of government, it needed to look and feel like a party for all, not some. It needed to belong to all South Africans.

4. It is no secret that for decades the DA has been seen as a party for minorities only. The majority of South Africans, mainly black South Africans, did not relate to the DA and by extension struggle to trust the DA.

5. [T]he emancipation of black people is not the enslavement of white people. It not an either/or.

6. Make no mistake, along the journey there have been many difficulties. I fought battles with Helen Zille, especially regarding her comments – and the impact of her comments – as it pertained to colonialism.

7. There has been for several months a consistent and coordinated attempt to undermine my leadership and ensure that either this project failed, or I failed.

8. [T]he DA is not the vehicle best suited to take forward the vision of building One South Africa for All.

IN FULL | Mmusi Maimane's final words as opposition leader: 'DA not suited to build One South Africa for All'

Mmusi Maimane announced his resignation as the DA's leader, saying the party is not the vehicle best suited to take forward the vision of building one South Africa for all. He says as the leader of the DA he relentlessly sought to grow the party, specifically for black South Africans.

ANALYSIS: Elevated too early, Mmusi Maimane struggled to shape a new vision for the DA

Despite his meteoric rise in the party, elevated from newly joined ordinary member to parliamentary leader in less than four years, Mmusi Maimane was another victim of the organisation's obsession with identifying and fast-tracking talented black politicians into senior positions.


23 Oct 18:59

In an article posted by the Institute of Race Relations, the IRR CEO suggests Maimane's career in the Democratic Alliance ''might later be read as one of South Africa’s great political tragedies''.

''Under his watch the DA lost support.

''Having grown steadily from its 1.7% share of the vote in 1994 to a high of 22.3% in 2014, the party fell back for the first time in its history to 20.7% in this year’s May election.

''In recent years, the party has been racked with conflict and infighting, and weakened by policy contradictions,'' the article reads. 

It continues that ''IRR CEO Dr Frans Cronje said that Maimane's career 'might later be read as one of South Africa's great political tragedies'.

''He added: 'He was a person deeply committed to the success of our country but was time and again misled and poorly advised by his party colleagues, and ultimately paid the price. Had he been better advised, I think he might have been very successful.''


23 Oct 18:50
DA MP Luyolo Mphithi says that Maimane has been ''honest, genuine and courageous'' in all that he has done.

23 Oct 18:43

IN FULL | Mmusi Maimane's final words as opposition leader: 'DA not suited to build One South Africa for All'

Mmusi Maimane announced his resignation as the DA's leader, saying the party is not the vehicle best suited to take forward the vision of building one South Africa for all. He says as the leader of the DA he relentlessly sought to grow the party, specifically for black South Africans.


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DA MP Phumzile Van Damme clarifies that Maimane said he is resigning as the Leader of the DA and not as a member of the DA. He remains an MP, she says in a tweet. 

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''I'm good, I'm feeling strong, I'm really looking forward to the future'' says Maimane as he leaves DA headquarters.   

23 Oct 18:27

Democratic Alliance's former head of policy, Gwen Ngwenya, calls Maimane ''the product of a party that cares about being a party for all''. 

In January, she resigned as policy head in a scathing letter to Maimane about the development and implementation of policy, criticising leadership for not taking it seriously. Ngwenya remained a party member after her resignation.


23 Oct 18:20

Good party leader and Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille says that the now-former leader of the DA has gotten a ''taste of his own medicine''.

In a Facebook post, De Lille said ''I hate to say I told you so but I am going to say it anyway. I am not claiming to be a sangoma but I warned Mmusi Maimane that if he didn’t stand on principle his party’s laptop boys would swallow him up and spit him out.''

Read the full statement in the post below.


23 Oct 18:01
Zille explains how normally it should be the federal chair who takes over the former leader’s role but they’ve both stepped down. She says they’ll get legal advice on how to navigate this. 

23 Oct 18:00

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Zille now moves to pay tribute to Maimane and says he has equal respect for his wife Natalie and their children ''believe me I know their trauma'' she says speaking of the impact politics has on families. 

She says Maimane is young and has a long road working towards the country's democracy.


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Zille says the preference was for Maimane and Trollip to stick around until the DA federal congress. 

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DA Federal Chairperson Helen Zille says that what happened today ''came as a shock'' to the federal executive.

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''There's a time to come and a time to go in politics'' says Trollip. He adds that he realised it was his ''time to go'' this past weekend.

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Trollip says they have achieved much in the party. He says that they set lofty targets at the 2019 elections which they not only failed to meet but also lost support. 

23 Oct 17:46
Trollip says that it was his throat that was cut after the EFF threatened to ''cut the throat of whiteness'' after the DA didn't support the amendment of the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. 

23 Oct 17:43

23 Oct 17:43
Athol Trollip joins Maimane in resigning. Says his decision is not easy and comes after some soul searching. He says there have been some incredible highs and very few lows.

23 Oct 17:41
Maimane is thanking staffers, some of the party leaders, communities that have embraced them and wishes Zille well. He also thanked his family, more so his parents. Maimane says his parents sacrificed so he can have a better tomorrow. 

23 Oct 17:39

23 Oct 17:39
Maimane says will step down as leader of the party but will continue in his role in parliament

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Maimane on that controversial diversity clause that they successfully fought for this at last year’s federal congress. ''Emancipation of black South Africans is not the enslavement of white South Africans,'' he says.

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Watch the statement live

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23 Oct 17:03
News24 understands that both Athol Trollip and Mmusi Maimane are going to resign from their positions within the DA, according to well-placed sources.

23 Oct 16:59
On the DA's website it lists several deputy federal chairpersons but no deputy federal leader, meaning Maimane does not have a deputy who will act in his vacated position immediately.

23 Oct 16:54

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23 Oct 16:52

Mmusi Maimane will resign as DA leader - sources

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has decided to resign as federal leader of the DA, several well-placed sources in the party have confirmed to News24.


23 Oct 16:51

Outgoing Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba is a 'friend and hero' - DA leader Mmusi Maimane

Within 24 hours of Helen Zille's return to power, the Democratic Alliance (DA) had been dealt its first blow – the resignation of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba from the party.


23 Oct 16:50

Newly elected Democratic Alliance Federal Executive Council chairperson Helen Zille and Mmusi Maimane are seen during a media briefing after the party's council meeting in Johannesburg.

Zille, a former premier of the Western Cape, was elected as the party's federal executive council chair, a position previously held by James Selfe. (Thulani Mbele, Gallo Images, Business Day, file)

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