Mukoni Ratshitanga
5 minute read
25 Oct 2019
6:35 am

The DA flirts with polarisation in electoral review panel report

Mukoni Ratshitanga

The report is a telling reset of the DA to its 'fightback' posture of the era of Tony Leon, one of the report’s authors notes.

Helen Zille stands as DA leader Mmusi Maimane resigns as party leader at the DA headquarters in Bruma, Johannesburg, 23 October 2019. Picture: Neil McCartney

No sooner had the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) electoral review panel report been released this week, than Mmusi Maimane resigned as party leader, along with Athol Trollip. Among the panel’s raft of recommendations is that the party convenes an early congress “to allow for the election of a new leader”; a no-confidence statement which undoubtedly secured Maimane’s resignation on Wednesday. The report is a repositioning programme of action which is already having an impact on the party, as it will the tone and substance of South African politics. Consider at least two issues – redress policy and the thorny subject of...