Mmusi Maimane

Turmoil in South African opposition party

The first black leader of South Africa's main opposition party has resigned
The first black leader of South Africa's main opposition party - the Democratic Alliance - has resigned.

Mmusi Maimane said that despite his best efforts, the traditionally white party was not the "best vehicle" to create a united South Africa. 

Mr Maimane's departure follows the controversial election of former party leader Helen Zille, who's white, to the second most senior role in the DA over the weekend.

Geordin Hill-Lewis was Ms Zille's former chief of staff when she led the Democratic Alliance and he gave his reaction to Mr Maimane's resignation.

South Africa's main opposition leader slams new budget

Mmusi Maimane has launched a petition against the increase in VAT
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced his cabinet, making substantial changes to ministerial positions. He reappointed Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister, reversing his sacking by the former President Jacob Zuma. The leader the Democratic Alliance, the country's official opposition, welcomes the decision but calls into question the increase in VAT announced in the budget speech, last week. This is what Mmusi Maimane told BBC Newsday.

(Picture: Mmusi Maimane, leader of the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance, addresses the South African parliament during a parliamentary debate. Credit: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)