DA leader Mmusi Maimane has been elected to the helm of a regional structure of opposition parties in a move seen as a sign of his presidential ambitions. Maimane has been elected chairman of the Southern African Partnership for Democratic Change (SAPDC), a newly established network. The partnership is made up of opposition parties in the 15 Southern African Development Countries (Sadc) region. It is one of a number of liberal networks on the continent that share expertise and advise one another on governance challenges. Maimane’s spokesman, Mabine Seabe, said although the DA was part of other liberal networks in Africa, the SAPDC was different. "The uniqueness of the body is that it speaks to the Sadc communities," said Seabe, adding that the DA wanted to use the lessons it learnt in other parts of the continent to contribute to South African politics. The network’s values were in line with the DA’s foreign policy, which is focused on human rights and building SA’s brand to attract...

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