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Mmusi Maimane, The First Black Leader of South Africa's Biggest Opposition Party, Resigns

It's been resignation after resignation as the Democratic Alliance (DA) collapses into itself.

For about four years, Mmusi Maimane was the leader of South Africa's biggest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA). Maimane took over from the party's former leader, Helen Zille, back in 2015 and became the party's first Black leader. However, he resigned from the party as well as parliament yesterday afternoon. His second-in-command and federal chairperson, Athol Trollip, also stepped down on the same day. The resignations of the party's top leaders come just three days after its Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, resigned.


There are several important issues that need to be highlighted in order to understand what is currently happening within the DA. After Zille was elected mayor of Cape Town back in 2006, she assumed leadership of the DA the following year. Following the 2009 elections which saw the opposition party capturing the majority of the Western Cape province and ousting the ruling African National Congress (ANC), Zille became the premier of the province. However, she handed over the reigns to Maimane in 2015 although she was still an active part of the decision-making structures of the party—a move that left many South Africans feeling that Maimane was simply the "Black face" of the political party long perceived to be a party invested in the interests of White people.

In 2017 and then again in 2019, Zille rocked social media when she tweeted in support of what she termed the "benefits of colonialism". The DA's Federal Council, the structure that oversees the day-to-day affairs of the party, took disciplinary action against her and subsequently asked her to relinquish her decision-making powers. While Zille remained the premier of the Western Cape till May of this year, tensions between her and Maimane have been mounting. More recently, and what has largely triggered the consecutive resignations, is ZIlle having been elected the new chairperson of the Federal Council over Trollip. Effectively, Zille is back at the helm of the party and is admittedly the ultimate comeback queen of 2019.

The DA is reportedly seeking legal advice to address the leadership vacuum. While Zille initially wished both Trollip and Maimane well at the press conference held yesterday afternoon, she then went onto social media and branded Maimane a "coward".

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Passes Away

The former Egyptian president, who was ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring Uprising, was aged 91.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak passed away yesterday according to reports by the BBC.

The former statesman's death comes barely a year after his successor and Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi, suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

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Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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