Maimane on track to launch new movement

Outlining his vision at the Cape Town Press Club on Wednesday, Mmusi Maimane said he believes movements, instead of political parties, are the way to bring about real change. #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Three months since quitting as DA leader, Mmusi Maimane says he's on track to launching his new movement - as soon as next month.

He says a few thousand citizens have already signed up, with religious groups also expressing interest.

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Outlining his vision at the Cape Town Press Club on Wednesday, Maimane said he believes movements, instead of political parties, are the way to bring about real change.

For now, Maimane says his movement will be funded by its members, and through crowdfunding.

"This is a movement that will modernise and focus on our future. I believe this is possible. I don't believe that institutional politics or traditional parties are able to reform" he said.

Maimane resigned from the DA in 2019.

His resignation followed that of Herman Mashaba as Johannesburg mayor and from the party.

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Under his leadership, support for the party fell to 20.8 percent of the vote in the 2019 general election.

The DA lost about half a million voters, losing five parliamentary seats.

An organisational review panel described Maimane as inconsistent, indecisive and conflict-averse.

The report was commissioned by Maimane and authored by former DA leader Tony Leon.

The panel recommended training for leaders on how to lead a diverse group of people.

Maimane was elected leader of the DA in 2015 succeeding Helen Zille.

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eNCA