Opposition parties in the Western Cape and a political analyst reacted to Maimane’s decision to run as a premier candidate for next year’s polls.
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga said Maimane’s decision would divide the party.
“It’s sad... there is no way else that one can describe what is happening. I mean this is the time that he is needed to give vision and guidance to his party for the polls next year. Many people have given him the benefit of the doubt, but that is surely gone now because he is giving the ANC a clear win in 2019,” he said.
Maimane is, according to his spokesperson Portia Adams, consulting with structures on a possible move to the provincial government.