DA leader Mmusi Maimane lacks boldness and conviction, and must still prove his mettle to hold South Africa’s top office DA leader Mmusi Maimane — PICTURE: MABUTI KALI The DA recently unveiled its annual Cabinet report card, in which it rated the performance of members of the executive over the course of 2015. Understandably, the managers of the ANC administration fared very badly; none worse than President Jacob Zuma, who scored an F-. The report described the president as having "failed South Africa on all accounts".It is worth, however, having a look at the performance of DA leader Mmusi Maimane himself. With his election in May, the DA heralded a new era. Soon after, there was the prediction the party would be in national power by 2019, which is just three years away. So, by the DA’s reckoning, Maimane is effectively a president in waiting and the party faithful have wasted little time painting him as such ever since. His performance as party leader, then, is worth critical eval...

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