MAIMANE OFFICIALLY BIDS TO REPLACE MAZIBUKO
By: Gift Nyamapfene
The Democratic Alliance’s national spokesperson, Mmusi Maimane said that he would contest for the party’s parliamentary leader post to replace outgoing Lindiwe Mazibuko Thursday.
The “i-DA ayisafani” ad star confirmed that he would stand for the position of the party’s parliamentary leader on 29 May. His revelations ended weeks of speculation that DA leader, Helen Zille, had been grooming him to take over the position after the May 7 general elections.
In a letter addressed to the party’s parliamentary caucus, Maimane wrote, “I am pleased to formally announce that I have accepted nomination for the position of parliamentary leader.”
The position of parliamentary leader was left vacant after Lindiwe Mazibuko left parliament soon after the May 7 elections. Mazibuko announced that she was going to study at the Harvard University in the United States.
Maimane ran for Gauteng premier and was allegedly fighting to take over from Mazibuko after a long dispute with Zille.
“Parliament is our biggest national platform. How we perform in this chamber over the next five years will be central to whether we succeed or fail in our mission,” said Maimane.
“This is a time for huge growth and potential for our party. I believe the DA can become the core of an alternative government in 2019 if we build bridges across racial and cultural boundaries,” he said.
The DA’s 103 parliamentary members will elect the parliamentary leader. Maimane, who was sworn in as a member of parliament for the first time on Wednesday, will choose the party’s chief whip if he wins the position.