Before diving into politics, he was good and known for turning lost souls to Christ. A good preacher he was but things turned the other way round immediately he walked down to South Africa’s political arena.
Now, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane, who doubles as a pastor may have quit preaching like he used to. The bare bone of the matter remains that he still goes to church.
Speaking on Tuesday during a low-key celebration with staff in Parliament, Maimane confessed that he has ceased to preach as a pastor because he no longer has time for the gospel.
Maimane, who spoke further during the event said, “it is because of time, but also because I wanted to focus on this [politics]. I do not feel that what I do in politics is less of a calling than what I would do in church.”
From his assertions, it appears the opposition leader, who defeated Wilmot James to lead the country’s second-biggest party on May 10, 2015 really wants to focus more on politics than church, not willing to share his attention in both ‘calling’.
Maimane is often ridiculed by the ANC, who prefers to make reference to his preaching. Most times, they call him “Honourable Preacher Maimane”, at other times, he is dubbed “Moruti wa Tsotsi (Crooked priest)”.
DA Leader Mmusi Maimane Political Career
The opposition leader was seen first in South Africa’s political arena in May 2011 as an unknown preacher from Soweto. He contested and won as the DA’s mayoral candidate for Johannesburg.
In 2014 also, Maimane emerged DA’s Premier in Gauteng province, also ending up as leader of the opposition in Parliament.
In May 2015, He became the first black leader of the DA, pushing aside SA’s famed and legendary politician Helen Zille.
Be that as it may, DA leader Mmusi Maimane will be in the spotlight in the forthcoming local election, as he will be at the helm of affairs to foster the massive victory of his party.
He said, “…it is significant. It is my first election and, of course, your first one is always the important one because you remember that. If you had a good first election and a terrible second election, people judge you likewise.
I feel as if I am sitting somewhere – a bit like a manager, making sure your players are performing on the field. I enjoy it. The pressure is different, but there are things that you cannot control. It is like being the coach of a football side. You want to make sure that you go, compete and win.”
The DA leader added that the “DA has always run a very professional outfit; better than most – professional as an institution, but we were not activist enough, so I wanted to bring that change.”
“We had to change even in the way we assess public representatives – to say that if you are going to be a public representative of the DA, you must be present in your community 70% of the time.
The political leader cum clergy didn’t mince words when he told all and sundry that the DA is basically seeking votes because the party is in a “competitive space for votes”.