At the eleventh hour, the party called off the planned announcement of nominees from Sunday, when it came out, Mmusi Maimane wanted to be prime minister.
FILE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Image: Thomas Holder / EWN
CAPE TOWN – Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane's desire to become the first candidate in the Western Cape has cast doubt on the logic behind his own appointment.
At the eleventh hour, the party called off the planned announcement of Sunday's nominees when Maimane wanted to be prime minister.
The best buyer of the party meets Tuesday to decide how this suggestion should be handled, but at least one political analyst believes that a decision to go with Maimane could harm the party better than good.
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille became DA leader while she was the mayor of Cape Town and retained the position when she became prime minister.
But she also led the party through less difficult times.
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Maimane sends the party through several leadership struggles, the controversial tweets from Zille and the attempt to remove mayor Patricia de Lille.
Political analyst Ralph Matekga says what the party needs now, more than ever, is strong leadership.
"How does the DA evolve into an inclusive multi-racial party capable of winning an election?" In all these challenges, Maimane is the prime minister of the Western Cape, the strangest intervention. "
He adds that it is doubtful whether Maimane can continue to focus on the strategic vision of the party while balancing the prime minister's tasks.
(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)