South Africa’s three main top opposition leaders stepped down from their respective positions in the Democratic Alliance (DA) party in a week time.
The leaders who stepped down are the party’s first black president Mmusi Maimane, Johannesburge mayor who belongs to DA Herman Mashaba and the party’s Chairperson Athol Trollip.
The two black leaders Maimane and Mashaba who resigned on Monday said they are quitting because of discrimination and racism since the majority of the party supporters are Whites.
Addressing the media at the party’s headquarter in Bruma Johanesburge yesterday, Maimane 38, said he was facing many challenges as White people in the party block his vision and efforts in leading the party.
“It is with great sadness that in order to continue this fight for the vision l strongly believe and the country l so dearly love, l will today step down as leader of the DA,” Maimane said.
“Over the past few months it has become more and more clear to me that there exists those in the DA who do not see eye to eye with me, who do not share the vision for the party and the direction it was taking,” he said.
“There have been several months of consistent and coordinated attacks on me and my leadership to ensure that this project failed or l failed,” he added.
Maimane said he will continue serving as the DA member of Parliament until year end.
Trollip resigned the same day the party’s leader announced that he would step down.
“As chairman of this party I think it is fitting that l also take responsibility ……” Trollip said.