Cape Town - Mmusi Maimane was voted in as new Democratic Alliance leader by a landslide of about 90 percent, according to unofficial indications, his camp said on Sunday.
“Mmusi got about 90 percent. Athol Trollip got 80 percent. We are still awaiting confirmation of final figures,” MP Gavin Davis said after Maimane was announced as new party leader.
Trollip, the DA’s Eastern Cape leader, was elected federal chairman, the position vacated by Maimane’s main challenger for the leadership.
In the run up to Sunday’s vote, the Maimane camp’s internal polling system had forecast that he would secure 88 percent of votes from the party’s 1 425 delegates gathered in Port Elizabeth to elect a successor to Helen Zille.