DA Elects Its First Black Leader
South Africa’s Democratic Alliance, the country’s main opposition party has elected its first black leader.
The choice of Mmusi Maimane as the new leader of the party at the DA’s congress in Port Elizabeth will have surprised very few following Helen Zille resignation in April.
Whether some will feel this is a cosmetic change or a shift in the party Maimane makes for interesting times in South African politics.
Zille is on record as saying that the DA needed to elected a black leader to move forward in its quest to unseat the African National Congress.
The 34 year-old Maimane will lead a party that elected other federal positions: Federal chair of finance Alf Lees, with deputy chair of federal council Thomas Walters. Third deputy chair was Desiree van der Walt, second deputy chair was Refiloe Ntsekhe and the first federal deputy chairperson was Ivan Meyer.
On a lighter note, prominent microblogger Ranga Mberi tweeted:
If @MmusiMaimane doesn't take that mic and say "I got my mind on Maimane, and Maimane on my mind" the DA is still not black enough.
— Ranga Mberi (@RangaMberi) May 10, 2015
With information from News24