ZILLE SUCCESSION BATTLE
Mmusi Maimane becoming Western Cape premier ‘not set in stone’
It is not a done deal that Mmusi Maimane will be the DA’s choice to succeed Helen Zille as Western Cape premier, the DA leader’s spokesperson says. It was reported on Sunday that Maimane is now in the running to be the DA’s Western Cape premier candidate, after he was initially announced, with much fanfare, during the party’s federal congress in April as its presidential candidate. The Western Cape has been governed by a DA majority for two terms, with Zille due to step down when her second term ends just before the 2019 national elections. The DA’s support could take a knock due to its public warfare with Patricia de Lille, who eventually agreed to step down as Cape Town mayor in October.
However, the party is still expected to win more than 50% of the vote in the Western Cape in the elections. The DA was initially expected to make an announcement on who would follow in Zille’s footsteps, but this was postponed on Saturday. Maimane spokesperson Portia Adams said on Sunday he ...