There are several significant shifts about to hit the good ship DA now that Captain Zille has stepped away from the wheel. Apart from the two contenders for the top slot wanting to take the fight outside of party structures and into the public realm, the country’s official opposition is also recalibrating its vision, traditions and branding. And then there’s “first black” issue should frontrunner Mmusi Maimane capture enough hearts and minds before May 10. By MARIANNE THAMM.
So today, here and now, I challenge Mmusi Maimane to a public debate about the future of our party and the future of our country,” outgoing DA Federal Chair Wilmot James, 61, rather cockily tweeted to his 4,767 followers on April 25 shortly after announcing his intention to stand against Mmusi Maimane for leadership of the DA.
“I am ready to debate anywhere and at any time and let members, and delegates, and voters decided [sic] who is ready to lead our party” James tweeted immediately afterwards, followed a short while later by a last ditch provocation, “I am ready!”
The tweets conjure images of the measured and middle-aged academic standing in the centre of a dusty school playground, his shirt sleeves…
Source : Daily Maverick