Zille to step down as DA leader

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JOHANNESBURG – Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille announced that she would be stepping down from the position at the party’s upcoming conference.

“I won’t be available for re-election,” Zille told reporters.

The DA is due to hold its elective federal conference in May.

Zille became party leader in May 2007 and has in recent years repeatedly responded to speculation that she may step down by saying she would only do so when the party finds somebody more suitable for the job.

The announcement followed an unscheduled meeting of the party’s federal executive at the weekend