Hein Kaiser
Journalist
3 minute read
10 Jun 2022
4:44 am

‘God complex’ rife in the DA

Hein Kaiser

Mathekga believed the DA was at risk if it did not find its centre.

Picture: Neil McCartney

It was an uncomfortable few days for the Democratic Alliance (DA) after this week’s public spat between former party leader Tony Leon and Joburg mayor Mpho Phalatse – and it raises the question of whether all is well within the official opposition. DA federal chair Helen Zille tried to mend fences and reached out to Phalatse in support, as did Umgeni mayor Chris Pappas, indicating the tensions in the party were between the old guard and its new blood. In response to the mini brawl on Twitter, Zille tweeted: “All addressed. This internal conversation should not have been initiated on...