THE Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Lindiwe Mazibuko, whose resignation from the party’s parliamentary caucus has left the party reeling, was set up in "a death match" with newcomer Mmusi Maimane for the position of parliamentary leader, say party insiders.This was what prompted her unexpected departure only four days after the election.Her resignation clears the way for Mr Maimane, whom DA leader Helen Zille is said to back, to become the new leader of the opposition when the parliamentary caucus meets for the first time next week.Other contenders, Ms Zille herself and DA federal chairman Wilmot James, said on Monday they would not stand for election for the post Ms Mazibuko has vacated.Ms Zille is set to remain in the Western Cape, where she will commence a second term as premier of the province.Ms Mazibuko said on Sunday she planned to take leave from politics for at least a year to read for a master’s degree in public administration at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government at ...

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