Five breakaway parties in SA politics

Former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille announced on Sunday that she would be starting a new political party. De Lille broke away from the Democratic Alliance following a protracted legal battle. 

She’s not the only politician to give starting a new party a go. South Africa has seen a number of groups break away from bigger parties. Here’s a list of those that have taken place in recent years.


The Economic Freedom Fighters went from a breakaway party to one of the biggest opposition parties. It was formed in 2013 by former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema after he was axed from the ANC.

Malema has led the EFF with former ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu. The party has 31 members in parliament.

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