Positive BBC profile article calls Maimane a visionary, sharp

Positive BBC profile article calls Maimane a visionary, sharp

- The BBC has penned a profile on DA leader Mmusi Maimane

- The article is mostly positive in its depiction of Maimane

- However, the writer argues that the DA is in no position to win a national election any time soon

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has published a recent article profiling DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

The article is largely positive toward Maimane, and quotes one of Maimane's childhood friends as calling the DA leader "sharp" and a "visionary".

The article also describes Maimane as the "the man who vows to end ANC rule", but acknowledges that the DA currently lags far behind the ANC in terms of voter support.

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Andrew Harding, the BBC correspondent who penned the piece, says that the ANC's grip on power is "relentless" and criticises the party for having "lost its way", with references to state capture and sluggish economic growth.

Despite the ANC's failings, Harding says that the DA does not seem to be in a position to win any national elections any time soon.

In the piece, Maimane attributes this to "rational nationalism", according to The Citizen. He says that populism and identity politics- trends that are on the rise in many countries around the world - are major reasons for the ANC's continuing support.

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The article also addresses concerns that Maimane's ascent to the DA leadership was motivated more by his race than by his abilities. 

In addition, Harding mentions Nelson Mandela's description of the DA as a party trying to rid itself of the perception that it is a party of "white bosses and black stooges", Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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