South African Opposition Leader Mmusi Maimane Visits Germany
Democratic Alliance party leader Mmusi Maimane is invited to political talks in Berlin at the invitation of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom this week. The Democratic Alliance (DA) is the largest opposition party in South Africa and has many governing responsibilities at local and provincial level. Mmusi Maimane is the party leader of the DA and opposition leader in the National Assembly of South Africa.
He quickly established himself as the influential leader of the DA. Maimane grew up in Soweto, a township outside Johannesburg. Maimane has worked as a business consultant and trainer with various companies in South Africa and abroad. He teaches at the University of Pretoria’s GIBS Business Institute. In addition he volunteers as chairperson of several of non-governmental organisations boards. These organisations focus on HIV / AIDS, rural and youth development.
Meanwhile, the Liberal Party of South Africa, the Democratic Alliance, has become the largest opposition party in the country, with a margin of 1.7% in 1994, 22.23% in parliamentary elections in 2014 and 27.0% in statewide local elections developed in 2016. Today, the Democratic Alliance is the ruling party in the Western Cape Province and governs in the major cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Tshwane (Greater Pretoria).
The commitment of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom for Liberalism and Democracy in South Africa dates back to the 1960s, when it worked together with individual liberal personalities. This cooperation was extended and intensified in the early 1990s, when the negotiations for the democratisation of South Africa took place, when the Foundation decided to open an office in South Africa.