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Mmusi Maimane’s leadership is ‘fairly revolutionary’ for the DA – Ferial Haffajee

What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?Late last year, Ferial Haffajee chatted to Insig about the outlook for Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane in 2016.

Haffajee’s debut book, What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?, is on shelves now.

“I think the very coming into being of a black leader, in the shape of a young black pastor, who crafts himself like Barack Obama, has been fairly revolutionary for the DA,” Haffajee says. “And if you look at its research I think that he resonates with many voters that the party may not have been able to reach before.

“But consolidating a tough party, because as it gets bigger it gets more difficult to run, is certainly going to be his task over the next three months.”

Haffajee adds, however, that her “jury is out” on the DA, an opinion that hit home for her on a drive through Khayelitsha the previous day.

“I don’t think the DA has done enough to bridge inequality in the Western Cape and in Cape Town,” she says.

Haffajee is the editor-in-chief of the City Press and sits on the boards of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the World Editors Forum, the International Press Institute and the Inter Press Service.

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