Maimane to replace Mazibuko in Parliament

Mmusi Maimane will be elected unopposed as the DA’s new Parliamentary leader.

FILE IMAGE: Mmusi Maimane will be elected unopposed as the DA’s new Parliamentary leader, replacing Lindiwe Mazibuko. Picture: Screenshot from YouTube.

CAPE TOWN - Mmusi Maimane says he is grateful for the confidence his fellow Democratic Alliance (DA) Members of Parliament (MP)s have shown in him.

Maimane will be elected unopposed as the party's new Parliamentary leader on Thursday this week.

He was the only person nominated after Lindiwe Mazibuko announced she was taking time out from politics to study abroad.

Maimane has held a number of titles over the years, as he climbed the DA's ranks, including that of national spokesperson, premier candidate and now this.

"Now I'm Mmusi Maimane, the DA's Parliamentary leader, which is a change."

But while it is a change, it's not one that's unexpected.

The 34-year-old was in a one-horse race for the DA's top job in Parliament.

"I'm most grateful for the privilege and the confidence that people have put and now we've got to wait until Thursday for it to be official."

Maimane doesn't have experience in parliament but he says he is looking forward to what lies ahead.

"Various people have got different experiences in life. I am grateful for the experiences I've had. Experience is a factor in any election but we've got a very great team."

Other MPs who were nominated unopposed for positions in the caucus include Anchen Dreyer as the chairperson and Richard Majola as her deputy.