JOHANNESBURG - eNCA reporter Moloko Moloto looks at Mmusi Maimane’s rise in the DA following his resignation as the party leader.
Maimane was once the aspirant celebrity who in the early 2000s, exchanged a developing television presenting job with politics, .
In March 2011, former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille announced the 29-year-old Sowetan as the party’s mayoral candidate for Johannesburg.
His political star was hoisted when the DA, still under Zille, made him Gauteng premier candidate during the 2014 elections.
In May 2015, Zille happily handed over the baton to her protégée.
It appeared Maimane had a firm grip on the party when congress re-elected him unopposed in 2018 but that excitement soon petered out.
WATCH: Maimane addresses the media
Under Maimane, the DA pussyfooted on redress policy and his remarks regarding racial relations angered some, who punished the party in the May 2019 polls.
However, it was the dramatic return of Zille into party leadership that's sent the DA into a tailspin.
The former Western Cape and DA leader Zille was elected as the party's new federal chairperson on Sunday.
On Monday, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba announced his resignation as a member of the DA and mayor of Joburg.
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