100515. Boardwalk Convention Centre in Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth. The Democratic Alliance elected Mmusi Maimane as leader today, making him the first black leader of the party. He succeeds Helen Zille‚ who has decided to bow out after years at the helm of the country’s chief opposition party. The Democratic Alliance sixth Federal Congress in Port Elizabeth is the party’s highest decision-making body, constitutionally required to meet every three years. Picture: Dumisani Sibeko

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.