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Maimane not overly confident about his chances

The DA Parliamentary leader yesterday announced his intention to campaign for leader of the party.

FILE. Outgoing DA leader Helen Zille & the party's Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane leading a protest outside Parliament on 20 November 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane plans on instilling a new value system if elected as party leader next month.

Maimane yesterday announced he's accepted a nomination to campaign for leader of the DA.

This follows last Sunday's announcement by current party leader Helen Zille that she will not be standing for another term.

Maimane addressed an enthusiastic group of more than 1,000 delegates from across the Western Cape yesterday in the party's Provincial Congress, where Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille was elected as the new DA leader in province.

The DA Parliamentary leader may be the number one favourite for the position of the party's top leadership, but he says he's not overly confident about his chances.

Maimane paid tribute to Zille for her contribution to the DA.

"Helen led the DA with selflessness and devotion, setting an example for all politicians that leadership should always be about the people."

He says he will build on what his predecessors have done and will also improve the party's national standing.

Maimane is planning to inject a new value system that transcends all racial borders.

LISTEN: DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane announces his intention to campaign for Helen Zille's spot as leader of the official opposition party.

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