The DA leadership battle: It is Maimane’s to lose

Helen Zille’s announcement that she was no longer available for re-election at the DA’s congress next month was met with immediate headlines shouting that Mmusi Maimane was going to be the party’s next leader. To outside analysts, it seems impossible to believe that it could be otherwise. How did this happen, and what kind of leader would Maimane be? And, to put it bluntly, is he old enough? By STEPHEN GROOTES.