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Zille : she respected and supported Maimane

The DA’s new federal council chairperson Helen Zille has vowed to stay in her lane and assume the background role to that of party leader Mmusi Maimane, following her election to the post.

Zille said this during her debut media briefing in her new party post on Sunday at the DA’s headquarters on Sunday.

“I was very humbled and grateful in being elected and I know exactly what this role entails. I will stay in my lane. This is a job that coordinates different structures, function and systems of the DA,” she said.

Zille added that she would only participate when its required to ensure the structures and systems work for everyone to do the same.

Zille emphasized that she respected and supported Maimane, adding that she would do her best to ensure the leadership was successful and takes the party to new heights. 

Maimane and Zille’s relationship had been strained in the past few years, with the party leader having to haul his predecessor before the public to apologise over the tweets she made on colonialism in March 2017.