Zille walks off into the sunset, leaves DA at 6s and 7s

Zilles footprints
On Sunday Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille made the shock announcement that she will not stand for re-election as DA leader. Whatever your views on Zille’s leadership of the DA and contribution to South African politics, she’s certainly made an impression on the political landscape during her eight years as DA leader.

Zille will remain Western Cape premier until the completion of her term in 2019. Whether she retires from politics at this point, or continues to work for the DA behind the scenes, her legacy will endure – not least in the DA factionalism that is sure to come as candidates for the party’s leadership scramble for votes in the run-up to the party’s congress next month.