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Mmusi Maimane Could Be Seismic Shift in South Africa

By Thursday, 19 March 2015 12:14 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Ever since 1999 when Nelson Mandela did not to stand for re-election but instead decided to hand over the reins, South Africa has been wracked by poor and quite partisan leadership.
However, this may finally be coming to an end.
While the current ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has dominated South African politics since Apartheid, they have also hampered the country’s economic growth while spurring continued flight from the country of skilled labor.
The recent election of Mmusi Maimane to parliamentary leader of the official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), might just be the game changer.
Mmusi brings a fresh and unique aspect to the DA leadership. Having grown up in the townships, Mmusi is the first black male to hold the parliamentary leader position in the DA. Full of charisma and a brilliant motivator, Mmusi can be seen on stage inspiring thousands to believe in a brighter future for South Africa.
The DA has grown significantly following the poor performance of the ANC over the last three terms. Now governing the Western Cape, the DA has had tremendous success in job creation, service delivery and clean governance.
Although Mmusi’s larger than life personality will play a vital role in any campaign efforts, he seems to be more focused on representing the DA and bring the successes of the Western Cape to the rest of South Africa.
A campaign free of hidden agenda would be a welcomed contrast to the previous Jacob Zuma campaign to outmaneuver corruption charges by obtaining the presidency.
The DA has been labeled the “white persons party” due to it being led by Helen Zille, a white female. Zille has grown the DA consistently in her term as leader; however she has had limited success in relating to the majority traditional black population that is still weary of white politicians following apartheid.
Mmusi, 34, completed his Masters in public administration, a Masters in theology, and a BA in psychology, and he then went on to have a successful career as a business consultant and trainer.
His political career includes being the leader of the official opposition (DA) in Johannesburg city. He was the DA’s candidate for Gauteng premier during the 2014 election. He has also been the DA’s National spokesperson and now in addition to being the parliamentary leader of the DA, Mmusi is also the deputy federal chairperson.
His academic approach in parliament and authentic appeal on the street has seen Mmusi relate to the complete range of demographics in South Africa and break the perception of a “white” DA.
If Mmusi’s face appears on the voter’s card in 2019 we could see a united South Africa finally bring the rule of a corrupt ANC to a long-awaited end.
Matthew Klynsmith earned a business administration diploma at CTI in Cape Town, South Africa. He now works at Strategic Options as an associate partner. To read more reports from Matthew Klynsmith, Go Here Now.

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