Zamikhaya Maseti
3 minute read
30 Oct 2019
6:40 am

Think Piece: DA crisis must be deracialised

Zamikhaya Maseti

The purpose of this article is to deconstruct the dominant racial construct that seeks to explain the unfolding leadership crisis facing the DA.

Former DA leader Mmusi Maimane, right, announcing his resignation from the party, with DA Federal Chairperson Helen Zille looking on at Nkululeko House in Bruma, Johannesburg, 23 October 2019. Picture: Neil McCartney

The political pandemonium that has befallen the Democratic Alliance (DA) over the past week gave rise to an interesting intellectual wave in the country. It gave rise to a strong racialist perspective that seeks to racialise the current crisis facing the DA. The proponents of this school of thought contend that the outcome of the recent federal congress council is a reflection of entrenched racism within the DA. The high-level resignations, especially that of the Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba followed by that of DA leader Mmusi Maimane, give credence to this intellectual contention. As a result, racial reductionism is a...