Mmusi Maimane is the new leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA). Voting, at the DA’s 6th Federal Congress (held in Port Elizabeth) favoured him, as expected. 93% of voters participated. Helen Zille, the outgoing leader, received the envelope that included his name and then held it high above her head for all to see.
The Federal Chair position was won by Athol Trollip.
Change is desperately needed in South African politics. More of the same would equate to nothing. I may have been very critical of Maimane’s rise but for the sake of a better DA and our country, let’s hope that Maimane proves himself to be his own man (i.e. free of Helen Zille and the old guard). Let’s hope that he will forge the DA into a better opposition party, not by resting on the comfort of the ANC’s mistakes but by standing on its own identity and leading through action.
I don’t support any political party but i do support the need for effective opposition as it ensures a more productive democracy. I also encourage the debate on the definition of liberalism that Maimane has presented.
Onwards to local elections in 2016 which, i repeat, will likely be the most important in our country’s bruised, rainbow history.