Zille to step down as DA leader

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille announced that she would be stepping down from the position at the party’s upcoming conference.

“I won’t be available for re-election,” Zille told reporters.

The DA is due to hold its elective federal conference in May.

Zille became party leader in May 2007 and has in recent years repeatedly responded to speculation that she may step down by saying she would only do so when the party finds somebody more suitable for the job.

The announcement followed an unscheduled meeting of the party’s federal executive at the weekend.

Comments (9)

Thats being democratic we wer waiting for that

brendon - 12 April 2015

Is this a challenge to Tsvangirai? Coz Mugabe is a lost cause.

Chauruka - 13 April 2015

Blessed is a nation with party leaders who know when to say enough is enough let the next generation take over!

Tahir Iqbal - 13 April 2015

Blessed is a nation with party leaders who know when to say enough is enough let the next generation take over!

Tahir Iqbal - 13 April 2015

@Chauruka did you not get the memo from Kasukuwere? Tsvangirai is Mugabe's protege and a Zanu card holder who is on secondment in the opposition. The fact that he is mulling over this alliance with Gamatox faction tells you plenty. Zanu is responsible for all the ills besetting this nation and to think Mujuru, Diesel Mutasa et al. will get a bye for all the criminal acts they have been part of because they were chucked out of the gravy train should make any democrat sick in the gut.

Galore 123 - 13 April 2015

Pamberi naHelen Zille. leading by example for sure.

Kodza Muchie - 13 April 2015

TSVANGIRAI SHOULD LEARN FROM THIS. LET HIM STEP DOWN AND ALLOW DEMOCRACY TO THRIVE. WE NEED NEW BLOOD TO REVIVE MDC

Edwin - 14 April 2015

Tsvangi... who???

jacktheswede - 16 April 2015

why should tsvangirai resign? that is being naïve tsvingson still has a job to fulfil that of helping democratise Zimbabwe. the thing that we lack as Zimbabweans is failure to support people who are fighting for us , we are busy looking for the negatives thus zanu pf will continue inflicting suffering on us

franco - 22 April 2015

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