Opposition Meltdown Puts South Africa's Key Cities in Play


- news.yahoo.com | 3 months ago

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterA meltdown of South Africa’s official opposition and the resignation of its first black leader has left control of two key cities and their 104 billion-rand ($7.

2-billion) budgets hanging in the balance. The Democratic Alliance has been running the economic hub of Johannesburg and Tshwane, which includes the capital, Pretoria, for the past three years since it took control from the African National Congress by entering into pact with the Economic Freedom Fighters.

But their tenuous relationship edged closer to unraveling last week when Johannesburg’s DA mayor, Herman Mashaba, said he’d step down next month and Mmusi Maimane abruptly quit as party leader.

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