South Africa’s Opposition Chooses First Black Leader

South Africa’s Opposition Chooses First Black Leader


South Africa’s main opposition group on Sunday chose its first black leader at a party congress, seeking to expand its appeal in a country whose governing party has dominated since the first all-race elections in 1994. Mmusi Maimane was elected by delegates of the Democratic Alliance party who convened in Port Elizabeth. He replaces Hellen Zille, the white premier of Western Cape Province, the only one of nine South African provinces controlled by the opposition.

In a speech, Mr. Maimane said that many South Africans were struggling under the burden of poverty, unemployment and economic inequality and that more must be done to create jobs and promote small businesses. Read more



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