- Mmusi Maimane has stepped down as the DA leader and member of Parliament this week
- Maimane's resignation followed the reinstatement of Helen Zille in the DA
- Briefly.co.za took a look at the rise and fall of the former opposition party leader
Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at a timeline of Maimane's career and how he went from youth pastor to DA leader.
Mmusi Maimane was born on 6 June, 1980,in Krugersdorp to parents Ethel and Simon Maimane. He grew up in Soweto and matriculated at then-Allen Glen High School in 1997.
Maimane has a Masters in Theology which he obtained at the Bangor University in Wales. He also holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Public Administration.
In 2010, Maimane ran as a DA candidate for Johannesburg City Council, Wikipedia reports. In the same year, Maimane put himself up as at the party's internal election for a Joburg mayor candidate and defeated Vasco da Gama to be elected as the DA mayoral candidate.
A year later, the DA announced Maimane would be running for the mayoral position in Johannesburg.
The ANC won the elections and Maimane took the seat of the opposition party leader.
Election as the DA leader
In April, 2015, Maimane announced at the DA Western Cape Congress that he planned to run for leader of the Democratic Alliance.
His campaign was backed by Herman Mashaba - who has recently stepped down as the mayor of Johannesburg.
On 10 May, 2015, Maimane beat Wilmot James to be elected as DA leader and successor to Helen Zille.
He became the party's first black and youngest leader. Maimane served as the DA leader until his resignation yesterday on Wednesday, 23 October.