Helen Zille returned to the DA’s top leadership structure, setting off speculation that Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba will resign and deepen divisions in the crisis-hit official opposition party.

Zille was elected as federal council chair — arguably the most important position in the party — on Sunday, taking over the position held for close to two decades by James Selfe and marking her comeback to politics after she agreed to step down from all party structures in January 2018, following a tweet in which she said the legacy of colonialism was not only negative.

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.