On October 6, SA woke up to dramatic Sunday newspaper headline news. Tony Leon, and his long-term ally, Ryan Coetzee, were reported to be part of a delegation of senior DA power brokers tasked with requesting that leader Mmusi Maimane resign in the interest of the party.

This dramatic intervention allegedly came not long before Helen Zille announced her availability for the post of federal chair; political moves that Maimane’s supporters reportedly viewed as a resurgence of the party’s white, liberal old guard...

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