- Mmusi Maimane wants to move away from his image as the former leader of the Democratic Alliance
- In a recent social media post, Maimane highlighted his new Movement for One South Africa
- Rebranding himself as an activist has been a difficult transition for the former head of the nation's opposition
Mmusi Maimane is hard at work attempting to change lanes with his Movement for One South Africa.
Clarifying his current goal, Maimane highlighted that it was an activist movement that would work alongside political organisations to action progress in SA:
"A lot of people want to know what I am currently working on. An activist movement. We need to get involved in dealing with the problems directly. From Education, Health Care to the Environment we need a citizen driven approach. I believe an activist movement will fix SA."
After a recent publication referred to him as the former opposition leader, Maimane publically distanced himself:
"My name is not former DA leader. It is Mmusi Maimane. My current position is leader of the Movement for One South Africa. Get it right in your headlines."
Speaking to Mail & Guardian, Maimane explained his reasons for not returning to the political landscape with his own party:
“Why a movement, and not a party? We already have 48 [parties]. I’m not certain party [number] 49 is going to bring the change we need. If we look at global politics, it is not political parties that are bringing change [it is people]. What SA needs is a movement of citizens. It is a coalition of parties — an agreement between religious organisations, civil society and business.”
MOSA for short, Maimane's movement is set to launch in April, with forums held in the meantime.
Briefly.co.za reported that Maimane had resigned from the Democratic Alliance following Helen Zille's appointment and Herman Mashaba's subsequent resignation.
Maimane had reiterated during his announcement that he didn't feel the opposition party could act as the vessel for the change visioned envisioned.
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