Mmusi Maimane was elected as the new leader of the Democratic Alliance today, taking over from Helen Zille who had led the party for eight years.

History was made today with the election of the first Black leader of the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), in South Africa.

Mmusi Maimane, 34, who originally hails from Dobsonville, Soweto, is the youngest person to head the party. He emerged the clear winner after more than 1000 delegates cast their ballots at the party’s elective congress in Port Elizabeth. The crowd screamed and chanted “Mmusi! Mmusi!” as outgoing leader Zille announced Maimane as the new DA head.

Addressing delegates after his victory announcement Maimane said, “whether or not you voted for me, let us today unite behind our shared values and take the DA forward”.

Maimane’s biggest threat in the race for the top position in the party was Athol Trollip who was elected the Federal Chair.