Mmusi Aloysias Maimane was born on 6 June, 1980 at the Leratong Hospital in Krugersdorp, Gauteng. He is a South African politician, the leader of South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) political party since 10 May 2015, and the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of South Africa since 29 May 2014. He is the former leader of the DA in the Johannesburg City Council and the former DA National Spokesperson.
His mother, Ethel Maimane, grew up in Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape, and is of Xhosa ancestry in the Sidloyi clan. His father, Simon Maimane, was born in Soweto in Gauteng, and is of Tswana ancestry in the Bafokeng clan. His parents met in 1977 and were married by 1980 in Dobsonville, Soweto, Gauteng
His rise to national prominence began in 2011, when he was elected to be the DA’s Johannesburg mayoral candidate in the 2011 municipal elections. In that election, Maimane helped to grow the party’s voter base considerably, but was not elected Mayor. Thereafter he served as Leader of the Official Opposition on the Johannesburg City Council until May 2014. In addition to his political career, he is also a pastor and elder of the deeply conservative Liberty Church.
In 2010 Maimane applied to run as a DA candidate for Johannesburg City Council and also for internal election as the DA candidate for Mayor of Johannesburg. He was selected as DA National Spokesperson later in 2011. At the 2012 DA Federal Congress, Mmusi was elected as Deputy Federal Chairperson, ahead of eight other candidates.
He applied to run as the DA candidate for Gauteng Premier in 2013. He was successful in this internal race, and stood as the DA candidate for Gauteng Premier during the 2014 national election. On 18 April 2015, at the DA Western Cape Congress Maimane announced that he would run for Federal Leader of the DA at its elective Federal Congress in May 2015, and he was elected as Federal Leader of the DA on 10 May 2015, with the support of almost 90% of voting delegates.