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South Africa's main opposition group elects first black as party leader

  • Newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Mmusi Maimane, is congratuated by outgoing leader, Helen Zille  after being elected leader Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. South Africa's main opposition group on Sunday chose its first black leader at a party congress, seeking to expand its appeal in a country whose ruling party has dominated since the first all-race elections in 1994.  (AP Photo/Michael Sheehan)

    Newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Mmusi Maimane, is congratuated by outgoing leader, Helen Zille after being elected leader Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. South Africa's main opposition group on Sunday chose its first black leader at a party congress, seeking to expand its appeal in a country whose ruling party has dominated since the first all-race elections in 1994. (AP Photo/Michael Sheehan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Mmusi Maimane, second from left, celebrates with party members Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. South Africa's main opposition group on Sunday chose its first black leader at a party congress, seeking to expand its appeal in a country whose ruling party has dominated since the first all-race elections in 1994.  (AP Photo/Michael Sheehan)

    Newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Mmusi Maimane, second from left, celebrates with party members Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. South Africa's main opposition group on Sunday chose its first black leader at a party congress, seeking to expand its appeal in a country whose ruling party has dominated since the first all-race elections in 1994. (AP Photo/Michael Sheehan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Mmusi Maimane, delivers his victory speech after being elected leader Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. South Africa's main opposition group on Sunday chose its first black leader at a party congress, seeking to expand its appeal in a country whose ruling party has dominated since the first all-race elections in 1994.  (AP Photo/Michael Sheehan)

    Newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Mmusi Maimane, delivers his victory speech after being elected leader Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. South Africa's main opposition group on Sunday chose its first black leader at a party congress, seeking to expand its appeal in a country whose ruling party has dominated since the first all-race elections in 1994. (AP Photo/Michael Sheehan)  (The Associated Press)

South Africa's main opposition group has chosen its first black leader at a party congress, seeking to expand its appeal in a country whose ruling party has dominated since the first all-race elections in 1994.

Mmusi Maimane was elected Sunday by delegates of the Democratic Alliance party who convened in the city of Port Elizabeth. He replaced Hellen Zille, a white who is the premier of Western Cape province, the only one of nine South African provinces that is controlled by the opposition.

Maimane had been head of his party's caucus in parliament, where he sharply criticized President Jacob Zuma over a spending scandal at his private home.

Despite the scandal, Zuma led the ruling party, the African National Congress, to another victory in elections last year.