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Mmusi Maimane, recently elected Party Leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA)

South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) elects Mmusi Maimane as first black leader

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has elected its first black leader, a move the party hopes will widen its appeal. Mmusi Maimane, 34, was clear favourite to succeed outgoing leader Helen Zille.

Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the Opposition (Democratic Alliance) in South Africa's National Assembly

Could Mmusi Maimane become the first black leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA)?

South Africa‘s official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party, is expected to elect its first black leader at a congress starting Saturday, May 9th. The election of a black leader of the DA would be a watershed moment for the predominantly white party.

Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the Opposition (Democratic Alliance) in South Africa's National Assembly and Helen Zille, Party Leader of the Democratic Alliance

Helen Zille's move opens way for black leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance

Helen Zille’s departure as head of South Africa’s main opposition party paves the way for the Democratic Alliance to choose its first black leader to draw voters away from the ruling party before next year’s municipal elections.

A student passes the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. Last week, students threw a bucket of excrement over the statue. Photograph: Schalk van Zuydam/AP

Race and South Africa: The size of an apartheid leader's statue tells you everything you need to know

What is the significance of a former statesman’s statue? This a question that has been doing the rounds in Cape Town in the last couple of weeks.