Maimane, Gana rise to the top of the DA

Mmusi Maimane, along with Makashule Gana and Anchen Dreyer, has been elected deputy federal chairperson of the Democratic Alliance. (Gallo)

Mmusi Maimane, along with Makashule Gana and Anchen Dreyer, has been elected deputy federal chairperson of the Democratic Alliance. (Gallo)

"It's great that a child of Soweto can stand up here and be your leader today," Maimane, who is also the Democratic Alliance's spokesperson, told the hall of delegates at the Democratic Alliance's elective congress in Boksburg on Sunday in Boksburg on Sunday.

The pair, along with incumbent Anchen Dreyer, was elected from nine candidates to the three deputy federal chair positions.

Delegates leapt to their feet and cheered as Maimane and Gana's names were announced as leaders.

"Amandla! Phambili DA! Phambili!," Maimane said as he took to the stage.

"We are the future of the DA," Gana, the DA's federal youth chair, said.

"We will work together to make sure South Africa is governed by responsible people."

The duo replaced fiery DA police spokesperson Dianne Kohler-Barnard and Western Cape minister of social development Ivan Meyer.

Wilmot James was re-elected DA federal chairperson, beating out controversial DA MP Masizole Mnqasela to the position.

Leader Helen Zille retained her position uncontested.

She said the DA's main objective would be to govern in provinces and cities around the country – with a special reference to South Africa's economic hub Gauteng.

"It is possible for us to become government in more places than possible ever before. It is really possible to make Gauteng blue," ZIlle told delegates.

Zille also said the DA was now the only party who supported and defended the Constitution.

"[The ANC] used to be a party of constitutionalism [and] non racialism but this no longer true. The ruling party will eventually disintegrate."

Nickolaus Bauer

Nickolaus Bauer

Nickolaus Bauer is the Mail & Guardian's jack of all trades news reporter that chases down stories ranging from politics and sports to big business and social justice. Armed with an iPad, SLR camera, camcorder and dictaphone, he aims to fight ignorance and pessimism through written words, photographs and videos. He believes South Africa could be the greatest country in the world if only her citizens would give her a chance to flourish instead of dwell on the negativity. When he's not begging his sub-editors for an extra twenty minutes after deadline, he's also known to dabble in the occasional poignant column that will leave you mulling around in the depths of your psyche. The quintessential workaholic, you can also catch him doing sports on the weekday breakfast show on SAfm and presenting the SAfm Sports Special over the weekend. Read more from Nickolaus Bauer

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