Mashaba was elected into office in 2016 becoming the city’s first mayor not from the ruling ANC since apartheid ended in 1994 [Luke Walker/Getty]

The mayor of South Africa’s biggest city Johannesburg belonging to the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has resigned over the historically white party’s approach to racial inequality.

“I cannot reconcile myself with a group of people who believe that race is irrelevant in the discussion of inequality and poverty in South Africa,” Herman Mashaba told a news conference in Johannesburg on Monday.

Mashaba also quit DA, long considered a party for middle-class white people.

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Mashaba was elected into office in 2016 becoming the city’s first mayor not from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) since apartheid ended in 1994.

The 60-year-old millionaire,

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