DA’s Maimane considered a shoo-in

2015-04-20 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane used the platform of the Western Cape DA congress to be the first to launch his bid for leadership of the Democratic Alliance, while his likely opponent had to leave the congress because of a family bereavement.

Although he is the favourite to succeed Helen Zille, Maimane must still convince sceptics that he is his own man and not beholden to a select group in the party.

Maimane, who has been DA parliamentary leader since last year, on Saturday received a roaring endorsement from the Western Cape, the party’s largest province and the only province where it governs.

Maimane is considered by many as a shoo-in because he was one of the party’s big faces in the 2014 elections in Gauteng, although some critics fear he will be led by an “old boys’ club” in the DA.

His prominence in the tumultuous 2014 Parliament has earned Maimane a lot of visibility.

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