“One of my greatest heroes is Nelson Mandela.”

“We are a diverse leadership. That is the dream of Nelson Mandela. With his passing, his values… will live on in our party,” he told reporters in Port Elizabeth, shortly after being elected leader.

He said Wilmot James, who was his opposing candidate, still had a role to play in the party.

“My commitment is to build a united party. People like Wilmot James have a role to play in the party. We don’t unite behind a person. We unite behind values,” Maimane said.

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“We are not a purging party,” he added and this sentiment was echoed by newly elected federal chairperson Athol Trollip.

“At this party, when you lose you don’t get kicked out of the herd. The party does not have any outcasts.”

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