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🔒 The DA’s federal council will meet on Sunday to elect an interim federal leader and federal council chairperson following the resignation of Mmusi Maimane and Athol Trollip respectively.

#HelenZille says she didn’t initially consider running for the position of DA Federal Council chairperson. SF

DA Federal Council Chairperson#HelenZille  tells CT Press Club that the resignations of Herman Mashaba, Mmusi Maimane and Athol Trollip were unexpected. She says on the day Maimane and Trollip announced their resignations, she tried to pursuade them to stay. SF

🔒 Helen Zille’s election as chairperson of the party’s federal council was the final nail in the coffin of the DA’s leader, Mmusi Maimane, who on Thursday resigned from Parliament and from the party.

DA expected to convene Federal Council meeting to elect interim leadership The DA is expected to convene a Federal Council meeting in the next six weeks where an interim federal leader and the chairperson will be elected before congress in April 2020.

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Mmusi Maimane’s political ally, national chairperson Athol Trollip, who was defeated by Zille in the contest for federal chair, has also resigned at the end of a day long meeting of the DA federal council.

Breaking News: Herman Mashaba has announced his resignation as the Mayor of Johannesburg and as a member of the DA. It follows the election of Helen Zille as the party's Federal Council Chairperson yesterday. #HermanMashaba 

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Herman Mashaba resigned as Johannesburg mayor on Monday. He cited Helen Zille's election as the DA's federal council chairperson as one of the reasons for his decision.

The election of Helen Zille as the party's federal council chairperson on Sunday raised eyebrows among many South Africans.

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has resigned from his post — and from the Democratic Alliance — in protest against the election of former Western Cape premier Helen Zille as the party’s federal council chairperson at the weekend.

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[BREAKING NEWS] Helen Zille elected #DA  federal executive council chairperson

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“The presidential decree to increase the representation of women in the Federal National Council to 50% is a historic step that culminates the full empowerment of UAE women.” Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, UAE chairperson and speaker of the Federal National Council (Parliament)

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It is frankly disingenuous of De Lille to claim she doesn’t know what she did wrong. Former president Jacob Zuma famously claimed the same, writes , the deputy chairperson of the DA's federal council.

WATCH: Deputy Chairperson of DA's Federal Council responds to the court's decision to rule in favour of Cape Town Mayor Patricia on her DA memb #DeLillership . Courtesy #DStv403 

#DeLille The DA has described Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille’s statement released yesterday as superficial, argumentative and factually incorrect. Find DA Federal Council Chairperson, James Selfe’s full response attached. KB

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