That should be the question uppermost in the minds of the 1,426 voting delegates who will chose the new leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) next weekend. There has been much focus on Mmusi Maimane being the first black leader of the DA and whether he or his contender Wilmot James better represent the party’s liberal value set.
But the DA is not merely choosing a replacement for Helen Zille, who would also be confined to governing the Western Cape. Nor are they voting to endorse the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. What they are in fact doing is choosing the DA’s candidate for president in 2019.
President Mmusi Maimane.
It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue yet, does it? That is in fact what the PR team behind Maimane’s flamboyant campaign for DA leader should have factored in while trying to sell him as the coming man. Maimane, 34, has been presented as the full package of what a formerly white party now appealing to a mass black constituency should be like. He is smart and savvy, energetic, charismatic, unthreatening to the DA’s core support base and most of all, a clean-cut Soweto boy who…
Source : Daily Maverick