Mmusi Maimane has won the DA leadership race in Port Elizabeth this weekend, making him the first black leader of the party. His first statements condemned disunity, his next nodded to the elections and the DA’s plans for South Africa. By GREG NICOLSON.
Maimane enjoyed g support over the weekend, with delegates picketing for the Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary leader during the voting process on Sunday morning. “South Africa needs transformation and Mmusi Maimane is the person to lead that transformation,” said Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) student Lutho Sokudela outside the Boardwalk Conference Centre where the congress was held.
“Mmusi Maimane believes that for our country to grow we must empower the people,” added Naledi Swanepoel, deputy secretary general of the DA Students Organisation at NMMU where the party leads the SRC.
Maimane was up against outgoing federal chairperson Wilmot James, but the leadership vote was seen by many observers as a foregone conclusion. James put up a spirited campaign in the week before the vote, criticising Maimane’s understanding of the Constitution in a televised debate and painting himself as the most likely candidate to return the party to its liberal values. James said that under his leadership the …
Source : Daily Maverick