He has the boyish good looks of an altar boy and the charisma of a priest but after qualifying with a master’s degree in theology, he chose the rough and tumble of politics rather than the clergy.
It was an inspired choice because just a few years after entering the boisterous world of politics with the Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane (32) was appointed as their national spokesperson.
And political opponents who have come up against him in debate have learnt not to be fooled by his angelic features because he’s as tough as they come.
We meet Mmusi at Fournos Bakery in Roodepoort, west of Joburg, after his morning gym session – a routine he tries hard to maintain with his hectic schedule.
But it’s about his passion – politics – he has come to talk to us. “Being appointed to my current position in the DA is my biggest political accomplishment so far,” he says. “When I joined the party four years ago, I wanted to play a role in securing a non-racial South Africa.”
It’s something he has a vested interest in considering that his wife is white and they have sometimes experienced harassment from people about their mixed marriage.
“I wasn’t able to vote in our first democratic elections in 1994 because I was too young,” he says.
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