Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba announced his resignation at a news conference in response to Helen Zille’s election to chair the DA’s federal council.
Zille replaces veteran council chairman James Selfe, who resigned after announcing his resignation following the May 8, 2019, general election.
Mashaba talks about challenges and resigns. But the election of Helen Zille completely overthrew him. He says he can’t go to a government that lacks things (which Helen Zille adheres to). “From the first day I was in the mayor’s office, the coalition government was impossible. The DA party made it the most difficult for me. That’s why I convened a media conference to file my resignation with the DA. I will no longer serve as a DA mayor, which means I have to resign. “
“I became part of the DA because I could no longer see how the ANC was committing corruption. It was not a particular pleasure to accept this post, but Maimane had a dream that I shared. I believed that working in Johannesburg would work in South Africa. At that stage I did not really have a political affiliation, I believe in an equal South Africa, and I am concerned that the DA I joined is not the DA is not what these things stand for. I am therefore concerned about the future of South Africa. I believe in a coalition party for South Africa. ”
“It’s not in my nature to give up, but I can no longer be a willing participant. What has happened lately has forced me to choose between my country and my party. The events last weekend put me in front of a crossroads. Ladies and gentlemen, as a patriot, I will always put my country first. ”