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South Africa’s Main Opposition Searches for New DA Leader

South Africa’s opposition leader, Mmusi Maimane on Thursday quit the Democratic Alliance party and resigned his parliamentary seat, one day after he had stepped down as leader of the country’s biggest opposition party.

The announcement posted on his official Twitter account, deepens the party’s leadership vacuum, after its chairman, president and parliamentary chief whip quit in less than a week.

‘‘I have worked tirelessly to build the project of One SA for All. It’s been my greatest honour to serve the people of SA and will continue to do so. I have today resigned from the DA and Parliament,’‘ read part of Maimane’s tweet.

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The search for new DA leaders

Several leaders are being considered to replace Mmusi Maimane as the leader of the Democratic Alliance party, including ex-chief whip John Steenhuisen and Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela.

Steenhuisen, who was on Sunday elected the new parliamentary leader of the DA, availed himself for the role the next day.

The DA’s Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela is also being considered for the role, but said he preferred to continue his current work in the party’s stronghold region.

“I still believe that I have unfinished business in the province but some of the people feel very strongly that they will be nominating me and I can’t stand in the way of the people who will be nominating me.”

The DA’s federal council will meet to elect new leaders after Maimane resigned from leadership, Parliament and the party last week.

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