- Title: Leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance Maimane resigns
- Date: 23rd October 2019
- Summary: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (FILE - MAY 4, 2019) (REUTER) MAIMANE GREETING SUPPORTERS DURING HIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN / SUPPORTERS CHEERING SUPPORTERS IN STADIUM STANDS MAIMANE DANCING WITH SUPPORTERS SUPPORTERS FILMING ON THEIR MOBILE PHONES BLUE CONFETTI FALLING, MAIMANE CHANTING (Zulu): "Power to the People!"
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- Keywords: South Africa's Democratic Alliance DA Mmusi Maimane main opposition party Johannesburg South Africa
- Location: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
- City: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
- Country: South Africa
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002B2BKOJR
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- Story Text:South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane resigned as head of the main opposition party on Wednesday (October 23), citing difficulties making the traditionally white liberal party appeal to majority black voters.
Brought in to help broaden the DA's appeal among the black majority, Maimane's resignation is the second departure of a senior black leader in a matter of days. On Monday (October 21) Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba also abruptly quit following accusations by him that the party espousing liberal values was lurching to the right.
DA Federal Chairperson Athol Trollip also resigned from his position and politics alongside Maimane on Wednesday, saying he was taking full responsibility for the party's poor showing in the May presidential election won by the ANC.
Soweto-born Maimane, who was elected in 2015, said during his years as leader he had "relentlessly" sought to grow the party among all South Africans, especially blacks.
Twenty-five years after the end of white minority apartheid rule, race and class remain highly divisive issues in Africa's most industrialised economy where the ruling African National Congress has been in power since 1994.
(Production: Sisipho Skweyiya, Soraya Ali)
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