- Mmusi Maimane surprised many when he announced that he would be leaving the Democratic Alliance
- His supporters started thinking that he might just start his own, new political party
- But a political analyst says Maimane doesn't have a chance of succeeding in forming a new party that will become competition for the bigger parties
Political analyst, Piet Croucamp, feels that Mmusi Maimane will not be successful if he tries to form a new party.
Once the surprise wore off after Maimane stepped down as leader of the Democratic Alliance, people started speculating that he might form a new political party to compete with the big guys.
Croucamp, however, isn't feeling too optimistic, according to The Citizen.
According to him, there is no proof from historic events to support such a move. He says breakaway parties in South Africa have not found support in the past.
"There’s no history in South Africa of being successful if you break away from one of the two bigger parties.
"Maybe he will do it but I can’t see him being successful with that, especially if he tries to be liberal."
However, there is the Economic Freedom Fighters party to remember - the party was formed after Julius Malema left the ruling party, the ANC.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Malema has also weighed in on Maimane's resignation, saying he left because of racial contradiction.
The Red Berets say his departure is a failure of the Democratic Alliance, saying the opposition leader had caved due to racial pressure.
As for Maimane himself, the party praised his decision to not 'hide the racial contradiction'
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