Gcina Ntsabula
2 minute read
18 Nov 2019
6:00 am

A party in transition, the DA has deep thinking to do

Gcina Ntsabula

John Steenhuisen and Ivan Meyer were elected to positions of leadership, but the future trajectory of the party remains unclear.

John Steenhuisen, left, and Ivan Meyer were yesterday elected as the Democratic Alliance’s new interim leader and interimfederal chairperson respectively at Nkukuleko House in Johannesburg. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will have to pull up its socks and articulate its policies in a much clearer and holistic manner if it wants to attract black voters to the party, according to a political analyst who spoke after the election of John Steenhuisen as its interim federal leader. Analyst Daniel Silke said it would be difficult for the DA to attract new voters, especially black South Africans, because of the reputational damage that it had suffered after the resignation of former leader Musi Maimane and former City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba. “There has been some brand damage...