19 March 2018

South Africa: DA Leadership - Mmusi Maimane Entrusted With Steering Party to the 2019 Elections

DA leader Mmusi Maimane will be tasked with taking the party to the crucial 2019 elections after being nominated unopposed to continue in his position. This, however, does not mean there will be no contestation in positions lower down.

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga has long been rumoured to have ambitions of aiming for a top position in the Democratic Alliance (DA), and in the party there was even some talk that he's been wanting to take on Mmusi Maimane.

Msimanga told Mail & Guardian that the party should change from being a one-man show.

"We can push for a bigger leadership group instead of centralising our campaign around just the leader," he said.

He wants bigger visibility for the party's top six, as he believes not everyone knows these leaders.

The 37-year-old has been active in party campaigns since he joined the DA in 2006, while Maimane, who is the same age, only joined in 2011 and shot up the ranks to become party leader four years after that.

On Sunday the party's chief electoral officer, Anchen Dreyer, announced Msimanga as one of three candidates for the position of federal chairperson ahead of the party's congress...

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