Is this a musical game playing or is the DA in a serious crisis and will it take time to recover from this politically and regain lost ground. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has 89/400 seats in Parliament. They are the official opposition to the governing party nationally. There are 13/54 seats in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), representing the nine provinces to ensure that provincial interests are takeninto account in the national sphere of government. James Selfe, who has held the federal council chairperson post for 19 years, was responsible for enacting resolutions and decisions made by the party’s federal structures.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) caucus leader Annelie Lotriet has confirmed she is acting as the Parliamentary leader until the election of a new leader next week. Lotriet said the election of the Parliamentary leader would be either on Tuesday or Thursday and will contact the federal executive on the matter.
Herman Mashaba resigned as Johannesburg mayor effective on 27 November 2019, following the election of Helen Zille as the DA’s new federal council chair. He further explained that the election of Helen Zille is a victory for people who stand diametrically against his own belief systems. What party is the DA then – do they “accommodate” every mayor and councillor’s own belief systems and policies, or are the DA policies in place, nevermind the National legislations over and about them all? Not sure what Mashaba’s believes are, as he explained, he made his choice between the DA and the country (and his belief system) at the end of the day. What about the “so-called coalition parties”?
DA – Herman Mashaba “resignation”
Die demokrate is liberaal, hul leuse is “een nasie een toekoms” maar na 25 jaar is dit “een reënboognasie platgeval, bloedneus met geen toekoms, met radikalisme, brandstigting, moorde en geen ekonomie”. Een nasie droom – Nes die van die ANC en EFF: Daar is sedert 1994 duisende grondeise wat geregistreerde en aparte CPA’s gevorm het saam die Ingonyama Trust, wat net vir Zoeloes is. Khoi San, bruines, swartes het almal hul eie CPA’s. Gerieflik vergeet al hierdie CPA’s grondeisers en leiers, Trustgebiede, die 8840 tradisionele leiers en politici hulle het ‘n diskriminerende grondwet wat teen elke blanke diskrimineer met swart bemagtiging en onteiening. Wat het nou eintlik verander van Tuisland, Kroongebied – woorde en wetgewing – CPA en Trustgebied. Volke het die reg tot eie gebiede, onafhanklik en volle soewereiniteit.
He did NOT resigned from the party or Parliament. The Leader of the party appoints the Chief Whip. With Mmusi’s resignation from Parliament his term as Chief Whip ended.
Lotriet said Chief Whip John Steenhuisen resigned because his term was linked to that of Mmusi Maimane, who resigned earlier on Thursday. Steenhuisen had confirmed that although he resigned as Chief Whip, he would remain a DA MP. Maimane resigned as both DA MP and Parliamentary leader.
Lotriet said according to the DA caucus rules, they must elect the parliamentary leader soon. She said the only people who can be elected to the position are serving DA MPs and will not be speculated about it.
However, Zille blasted Mashaba’s remarks as hypocritical, saying the policies she advocated were in place when he decided to join the DA. Zille said that Mr Mashaba joined under her leadership. He fully subscribed to the DA’s vision and values. These haven’t changed.
Unisa political expert Professor Somadoda Fikeni is of the opinion that Zille’s comeback represented a major setback for the DA politically.
EWN’s (Eyewitness News) Clement Manyathela sat down with Helen Zille after she was announced as the new DA (Democratic Alliance) Federal Council chair and spoke about the new position, the relationship with Mmusi Maimane and more.
It was announced on 20 October 2019 that Helen Zille been as the new Democratic Alliance (DA) Federal Council chair.
1. The Federal Council will be convened as soon as practically possible;
2. FedCo will elect to elect an Interim Federal Leader & an Interim Federal Chairperson;
3. A Federal Congress will be convened as soon as practically possible, with a provisional target of April 2020.
The Democratic Alliance is in disarray as leader Mmusi Maimane resigns, with Athol Trollip following hot on his heels.
Mmusi Maimane quit a few hours ago as party leader, And was followed by party chair Athol Trollip. On Monday, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba resigned.
Mmusi Maimane has resigned from the Democratic Alliance and as a member of Parliament. The former DA leader took to twitter, announcing his latest move this Thursday morning. Maimane Wednesday announced he was stepping down as party leader after four years at the helm. Veteran DA politician Athol Trollip also announced his resignation from politics. Their announcement came two days after Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba quit his job and the party. And if that wasn’t enough… The party’s Parliamentary Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen says he’s no longer occupying his position. His term is linked to the Party leader and comes to an end with Maimane’s departure. For more we cross to our Parliamentary reporter Lulama Matya in Cape Town who is chatting to Steenhuisen.
The former chief whip of the Democratic Alliance, John Steenhuisen, says he has been approached to take over as Parliamentary leader. His term came to an end, after the resignation of Mmusi Maimane as party leader, Wednesday, and as Parliamentary leader on Thursday morning. The term of a chief whip is linked to that of the party leader. In terms of the rules of the party, an interim Parliamentary leader may be elected among the ranks of DA MPs until an elective conference is held. A meeting for this election is to take place next Tuesday. Steenhuisen says he will consider the position.
The DA’s CEO, Paul Boughey, has resigned days before the party holds its federal council meeting, where it will deal with the report of the organisational review panel and the election of a new federal council chair.
The draft review panel report, which was presented to the federal executive last weekend, suggested that the DA should no longer have a CEO.
It is also understood that the draft report included the recommendation that leader Mmusi Maimane and Boughey both resign and that the party go to an early congress.
The review was commissioned by the party in the wake of the 2019 general elections in which the DA lost support nationally, most notably in the Western Cape — the only province it governs — and in Gauteng.
The final report will be presented to this weekend’s federal council meeting, where the position of federal council chair, held by James Selfe, will be contested. Selfe has resigned to head up the DA’s governance unit.
Former party leader Helen Zille, as well as Athol Trollip, Thomas Walters and Mike Waters have all put themselves forward to take up the position, which is arguably the most powerful in the party.
It is, however, expected to be a to be a two-horse race between Zille and Trollip.
The lead-up to the meeting of the federal council, which is the DA’s highest decision-making body between congresses, has been fraught with internal factional battles.
In a memorandum to party structures on Thursday, Boughey said it was the right time for him to hand over the baton and to allow the leadership and new federal council chair the space to chart their own course.
“The DA is currently going through an important phase of self-reflection. This is a necessary process in order to strengthen itself,” he said.
“I have no doubt, that the leadership and broader membership of the DA will rise to this moment, that it will recalibrate and come back even stronger to face the challenges of election 2021 and beyond.”