William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
26 Oct 2019
6:25 am

The survival of the DA is a concern

William Saunderson-Meyer

The ANC has reached the stage, by excluding and demonising race minorities, of risking the destruction of the entire New South Africa concept.

Herman Mashaba together with then-DA leader Mmusi Maimane address the media at a press conference at the Johannesburg city council, 21 October 2019. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

As the dust and confusion swirl around the trio that toppled the Democratic Alliance (DA) into an existential crisis, there is at least one thing that we should know. Contrary to Herman Mashaba’s explanation when resigning as Johannesburg’s mayor, it is not primarily because the return of Helen Zille. It may have been infuriating that the abrasive Zille’s “retirement” was all so brief. But her return was not, as claimed, the restoration of an ideological dynasty. While the dispute around the centrality of race in DA policy is certainly an issue, it was primarily the DA’s organisational dysfunction and disastrous...