Maimane resigns from party and parliament

Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane and Athol Trollip during the Democratic Alliance media briefing in Johannesburg. 

Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane and Athol Trollip during the Democratic Alliance media briefing in Johannesburg. 

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JOHANNESBURG - Outgoing Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has announced that he has resigned from the party and from Parliament. 

On Wednesday, Maimane announced his resignation as the leader of the opposition political party, but said "I'll continue my role as parliamentary leader if the party makes that decision until the end of the year".

READ: Ten quotes from Maimane's resignation speech

Maimane said he had fought to create a party for all South Africans, but felt that there was a "consistent and coordinated attempt to undermine my leadership and ensure that either this project failed, or I failed".

"Over the past months, it has become quite clear to me that there exists a grouping within the DA who do not see eye to eye with me, and do not share this vision for the party and the direction it was taking."

Two other high profile resignations this week include that of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and DA Federal Chairman Athol Trollip.

It follows the appointment of Helen Zille as Federal Executive Chairperson at the weekend. 

"I can't be a willing participant, in good conscience, in a process that is placed in the narrow internal, interests of a political party ahead of the needs of the five million residents of the city of Johannesburg," Mashaba said on Monday. 

"The events of the past few months, particularly this past weekend have required me to choose between my party and my country."

This is a developing story.

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