DA's Maimane still deciding next move

2012-01-23 21:45

Johannesburg - Newly-appointed DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane is still deciding whether to run for the party's top job in Gauteng, he said on Monday.

"I am considering it. That is all I can say," he said of reports that he has set his sights on being the Democratic Alliance's Gauteng leader.

Maimane has until Friday to make up his mind about contesting the position when the Democratic Alliance heads to its provincial congress on March 10.

Maimane said the Johannesburg caucus, of which he was also leader, had to ensure it had the right capacity before he could make an announcement about his candidacy.

"That is the primary reason for the delay... Gauteng is a strategic province for the DA and so we will issue a statement in the next couple of days. Right now I am in no position to confirm whether I am running or not," he said.

Gauteng was a strategic province in realising the party's hopes of gaining more votes in 2014 general elections, he said.

DA Gauteng MPL John Moodey announced his candidacy on Friday.

He would be up against Ian Ollis in an attempt to take over from Janet Semple.

However, Moodey believes he is the one who would pave the way for the DA to trump the ANC in Gauteng in 2014.

Maimane came to prominence during the local government elections last year.

Since then he has been depicted as a "rising star" in the DA, like Lindiwe Mazibuko who has been appointed as its parliamentary leader.

Maimade stood as his party's Johannesburg mayoral candidate in the local elections last year, but lost to the ANC’s Parks Tau.

Commentators have suggested that his possible election to lead the DA in Gauteng would benefit the party's drive to change its image as a white, male-dominated party.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-01-23 22:03

    Great!!! keep electing the brothers and sisters to higher positions until they take over this DA to be the new IFP

      Sinudeity - 2012-01-23 22:27

      You mean, until the IFP switches votes to the DA?

  • Anthony - 2012-01-23 22:06

    I would CERTAINLY vote for him

      Makatikamusona - 2012-01-23 22:19

      Why not, I would vote for him too but only to be the Gauteng Leader not in the general election

  • Billy - 2012-01-23 22:36

    Mmusi is a great candidate to take over as leader. He's a man of immense integrity and humbleness, yet a born leader. Watch him - he's destined for much higher office in the future of SA!

  • Odicito - 2012-01-24 01:31

    Good move!News24 last sentence FAIL in the article!He is male too.

      Robert - 2012-01-24 02:04

      Yes, he is male. But is he white???? Read the last sentence again. This time with eyes open.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-24 02:23

    As if we care..

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-24 08:04

    He'll get the gig. AA is practised throughout SA.

  • paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-24 09:21


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