Eddy Maloka: Driving a tired narrative
Like many others, mostly found at Luthuli House or the majority party benches of the National Assembly, Eddy Maloka joins the ranks of those who drive a tired narrative, which says black people who succeed outside the ranks of the ANC should be viewed with suspicion as they are puppets with no agency of their own.
Through literary bile, Maloka attempts to negate the hard work that Democratic Alliance Leader (with a capital “L”), Mmusi Maimane, has put in to be elected as the chief of the Official Opposition. Maimane’s election, with over 90% of the support from Federal Congress delegates, did not fall from heaven like manner.
Maimane started off as the DA’s City of Johannesburg mayoral candidate, where his efforts grew the party’s support from 27% to 35% during the 2011 Local Government Elections. This figure is sure to grow under Maimane’s leadership during next year’s elections.
In the same year, Maimane was appointed as the DA’s National Spokesperson, where he was at the forefront of articulating the party’s policies and decisions.
As a show of confidence by the party’s members, Maimane was elected to serve as the DA’s First Deputy Federal Chairperson, at the DA Federal Congress in 2012.