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On a dreary evening, while seated uncomfortably in a taxi, squeezed between a row of three passengers and the door, I heard Mmusi Maimane for the first time over the radio. With my limited Zulu, I could pick up from the news anchor’s highlights that he was speaking at a Democratic Alliance election debate, to elect a new leader after Helen Zille, who led the party from 2007 to 2015 stepped down.

After a long day of attending class at the University of Johannesburg, and strict studying until the sun went down, I had taken a taxi back to my student apartment in Hillbrow. The taxi had been waiting outside the Auckland Park campus for one last person to enter before it could leave. And so I had to sit on the collectively despised and almost always broken seat-by-the-door. ….more