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South Africa’s Opposition: Fostering Debate, Accountability and Good Governance

Chatham House, London

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Mmusi Maimane, Leader, Democratic Alliance
Chair: Rachael Akidi, Editor, Focus on Africa Radio, BBC


South Africa’s opposition parties have been instrumental in consolidating democracy in South Africa. Vibrant parliamentary debate and national discussion play a crucial role in holding the government to account, and pushing for good governance and service delivery. In local elections to be held in August 2016 the Democratic Alliance (DA), the largest opposition party, will be seeking to build on past electoral gains and capitalize on the ruling party’s leadership crisis. But success will require presenting credible policy alternatives and attracting support from across the diverse society.

At this event Mmusi Maimane, leader of the DA, will discuss his perspectives on critical governance challenges and his party’s strategies for improving economic prospects and further consolidating democracy.