Mmusi Maimane trends as SA weighs in on DA by-election losses

13 November 2020 - 12:47
One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane is trending on social media after the DA lost some wards during the by-elections.
One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane is trending on social media after the DA lost some wards during the by-elections.
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Former DA leader Mmusi Maimane has found himself at the centre of reactions to the outcomes of the by-elections this week.

Many questioned who would take the fall for the DA's decline in votes after Maimane's departure.

Maimane resigned from the DA in October last year after the party's poor showing at the polls in the last general elections.

Maimane called for an independent review which found that while he was hard-working, he could be, among other things, indecisive, which led to a "lack of clarity about the party’s vision and direction".

South Africans went out in numbers in what the Electoral Commission (IEC) called the biggest by-elections held on a single day in SA's history. This week 95 wards were up for grabs in all nine provinces across SA. The elections were postponed earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The DA lost nine wards which it previously controlled, retained 14 and won two. In the Eastern Cape, the party won one of 19 seats while the ANC won 18. The ruling party emerged the biggest winner with 70 wards. It retained 64 wards which it won from the 2016 by-elections and won six more.

TimesLIVE reported that this loss is reflective of the DA's dismal performance in last year's general elections, where its share of the vote fell from 30.78% in 2014 to 27.45% 

Maimane did not directly respond to the tweets, but did say he found the election outcomes “very interesting”.

Former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba was also dragged into the conversation as some said his departure from the DA also signalled “its fall.”

Mashaba did weigh in on the elections, but not the DA's loss.

Here's what people had to say on Twitter:

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