Mmusi Maimane

Mmusi Maimane release new book after leaving the DA. Image: Filckr images/Wikimedia

‘DA was committed to building a minority party,’ says Mmusi Maimane

In his tell-all book called ‘Dare to Believe’, Mmusi Maimane says white party members in the DA were given certain privileges.

Mmusi Maimane

Mmusi Maimane release new book after leaving the DA. Image: Filckr images/Wikimedia

Build One South Africa (BOSA) leader Mmusi Maimane has explained why he left the Democratic Alliance (DA) in a tell-all book called Dare to Believe.

The 43-year-old politician left the DA in 2019 following the party’s poor performance at the national elections. In his book, Maimane said the party failed to incorporate all South Africans.

The former DA leader told Newzroom Afrika that some of the party’s members were committed to building a minority party. Asked why he decided to release the book on election month, Mmusi Maimane said he wanted to explain why he left DA.

“I think South Africans are thinking politically; I want them to be informed about the choices they are making. Being on the campaign, one of the questions I get asked is why did you leave the DA? I thought it was important once and for all prior to this election and let South Africans make their own judgement on the issues,” he said.

Mmusi Maimane served as leader of the DA from 2015 to 2019, succeeding former party leader Helen Zille. The Soweto-born leader explained how the party was divided on racial grounds.

“The DA felt like just a focus on a party, a failure to incorporate all South Africans. Despite the hard work and the growth we were making, there were some who were very committed to building a minority party; that’s why I’m privileged today to put my thoughts on paper,” he said.

“I remember sitting in one federal council where we had to debate at length the issue of redistribution and justice. And at times, it always felt like a choice of one racial group to another. All of these issues are the complexity of this country in trying to lead a movement of all South Africans.”

Maimane said white party members in the DA were given a certain privilege over their black counterparts.

Mmusi Maimane opens up on his struggles during his DA days

“In 2016, students from Nelson Mandela Bay University had done extraordinarily well, they were graduates. They wanted to stand as councillors and I can remember saying ‘in the scoring system, these young people have excelled’, I was accused of giving them answers ahead of time because why? because many of them were of colour. And yet there were certain white councillors who had no qualifications who were favoured to go higher on the list.”

After the 2019 general results, Mmusi Maimane resigned from the DA party following ‘toxicity’ within the organisation.

“Because I was popular with the electorate and still remain more favourable than the current leadership of the DA, it was almost common cause that had we gone to a conference; I would have won another conference. There were incidents that which people were leaking false information to willing media houses.

Maimane talks about leaving the Democratic Alliance

“I’m not being dramatic when I say you eventually started to feel the toxicity inside the organisation where you wake up in the morning wondering whether ‘is it worth the struggle?’ when you are fighting for the country you love.”

Since leaving the DA, Mmusi Maimane has formed his party called BOSA. The 43-year-old aims to surprise many at this year’s election