Martin Williams
3 minute read
30 Oct 2019
6:25 am

Political analysts are talking nonsense about DA resignations

Martin Williams

To dial-a-quote pundits, the DA has been reclaimed by old-guard whites. Actually less than 20% of the federal executive is white.

Herman Mashaba, right, together with DA leader Mmusi Maimane address the media at a press conference at the Johannesburg city council, 21 October 2019. Mashaba announced his resignation, effective on November 27. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Every day there is some new “political analyst” talking nonsense about Democratic Alliance (DA) resignations. We are told the DA is imploding, at the end of the road, and irreparably divided along racial lines. Hype. Any analysis not based on the report of the Ryan Coetzee review panel commissioned by former leader Mmusi Maimane is flawed. Few commentators have read it. First was Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba. The report found that forming governments with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) support in Johannesburg and Tshwane was a mistake. It said these DA-led governments were unable to prosecute a DA agenda because they...