What’s on Mmusi Maimane’s to-do list?

2015-05-10 17:20
Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Liza van Deventer/Foto24

Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Liza van Deventer/Foto24

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Newly elected DA leader Mmusi Maimane joked that his first priority as leader was to get out of this weekend’s congress venue and rest, but he also has some serious work to do.

One of the biggest tasks of his first term as leader will be to launch the DA’s values charter, which has been quite controversial within the party, and which was dubbed the “family values charter” by its detractors.

The charter is meant to reposition the party to attract new voters – as the party’s first black leader, the unspoken expectation is that he will attract more black votes.

But more seriously, Maimane said the first three things on his to-do list are:

1. Sorting out administration teams and bringing the staff that worked for Helen Zille as DA leader together with his team.

2. Going to the provinces and meeting all the provincial leaders.

3. Most importantly, ensuring the DA has the capital to contest local government elections next year. It will be an expensive one and “I want to get my hands dirty on that issue”.

City Press suspects he will also be doing the following:

1. Unifying the party after a bruising and public leadership fight (Maimane in his victory speech already said there was no place for those who want to divide the DA)

2. Dispelling perceptions that he is a puppet being run by those who campaigned for him.

3. Meeting fundraisers

4. Reshuffling his shadow cabinet in the parliamentary caucus.

5. Partying it up on Sunday night to celebrate his victory, or perhaps just going home and catching up on some sleep.

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