Maimane ‘needed’ in parliament – analyst

FILE PICTURE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Neil McCartney.

FILE PICTURE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Neil McCartney.

DA’s Mmusi Maimane’s possible move from Gauteng to parliament is unlikely to change the inroads that the party has made in the province.

The DA with the help of Gauteng premiership candidate Maimane retained their position as official opposition in the province with 28.52% of the vote. This was a significant increase from the 21.86% support they received in 2009.

Political analyst Daniel Silke said Maimane’s move should not have a negative effect on the inroads that the DA made in Gauteng and that Maimane’s presence in parliament would be needed.

Silke believes the Maimane move would gain him more political mileage in parliament as opposed to staying in the Gauteng provincial legislature.

“This can enhance his image and retain the loyalty gained with new members.”

Silke said with there will be a stronger focus on parliament and that the DA will have to showcase a strong presence that is likely to come in the form of a partnership between Maimane and possibly even Zille.

“There will be a specific focus on the parliamentary sphere, especially with the colourful EFF and Julius Malema entering parliament,” said Silke.

“DA will need a high-profile candidate in parliament, that can come in the form of Maimane, possibly Zille as well,” he said.

Current DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has stepped down from her position and will be taking a sabbatical from politics as she pursues studies in the United States.

Zille has reportedly dismissed claims that Maimane will replace Mazibuko as parliamentary leader.

Nationally the DA managed to increase its support pool from 16.66% in the 2009 elections to 22.23% in 2014, while the ruling party ANC received a reduced majority of 62.15% compared to their 65.9% win in 2009.

According to the IEC 4 382 163 valid votes were cast in Gauteng, with 42 261 spoilt votes. Voter turnout in the province was 72.97%, down from 75.6% in 2009.


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