South Africa: Don't Write Off Mmusi Maimane Just Yet - It Ain't Over Till the Gauteng Lady Sings

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DA leader Mmusi Maimane finds himself in an unenviable position as the elections loom large. If the DA doesn't enlarge its national support next week, he could find himself out of a job, and some pundits are already predicting that as his fate. But there are many imponderables in this election, not least how Gauteng voters will jump.

While almost no one has yet voted in our elections, it already appears that many are beginning the post-mortems of how the various parties have campaigned. Of course, one's view of a campaign may well depend on where you stand: If you support the ANC you may well claim that it has been a strong and energising campaign, but you may have a different view if you wear blue, or red, to bed every night.

It seems some people are already beginning to examine the DA's campaign, and particularly the role of its leader, Mmusi Maimane. He appears to be in a difficult position, and could be the first leader of the party not to increase its support in an election. If that does happen, he may not be the leader for much longer. But, there are important structural reasons as to...

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