Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

29 May 2014

South Africa: DA - Maimane Girds His Loins for Parliamentary Leadership

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Mmusi Maimane will officially be the DA's leader in Parliament, after an election in which the former Gauteng Premier hopeful ended up standing unopposed. Some have quibbled that Maimane may lack the necessary experience or temperament for Parliament's bruising exchanges with the ruling party - but Maimane insists he and his supporting team are the right people for the job. He also says they won't "oppose for the sake of opposing".

Mmusi Maimane will, unsurprisingly, take on the job unexpectedly vacated by Lindiwe Mazibuko earlier this month. It is a massively important one: as leader of the DA in Parliament, Maimane will not only have to be the most active and vocal face of the largest opposition party in the National Assembly, but he is also tasked with having to marshal a Parliamentary caucus which is allegedly divided and fractious.

He will have to do all this while learning the ropes of Parliament like any other new MP. Maimane has no previous experience in the National Assembly in any role, though he previously served as leader of the DA's 90-strong Johannesburg Metro caucus.

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