Dirk Lotriet
2 minute read
25 Oct 2019
6:20 am

Maimane, a gentleman in a jungle full of predators

Dirk Lotriet

Experience has proven that an ANC which is too strong and is given a free hand is not always in the best interest of the country.

Former DA leader Mmusi Maimane, right, announcing his resignation from the party, with DA Federal Chairperson Helen Zille looking on at Nkululeko House in Bruma, Johannesburg, 23 October 2019. Picture: Neil McCartney

I’m sad to see Mmusi Maimane go – I really liked him. He’s bright and brought a sober mind to South African politics – something which is all too rare in a landscape where many politicians depend on corruption and backstabbing as the staple skills to see them through their careers. I expected him to become the rock star of SA politics when he was elected DA leader four-and-a-half years ago. He was in a great position: the DA was growing and the ruling ANC showed cracks while the country was burdened by the leadership of a giggling Zuma. It...