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Mediclinic News : DA LEADER MAIMANE’S ADAPT OR DIE REVIEW

Title

DA LEADER MAIMANE’S ADAPT OR DIE REVIEW

Date

2019-06-10

Link

da-leader-mmusi-maimane-review

News Description

A lot has been written on what exactly went wrong for the Democratic Alliance in the May elections after the party, which has experienced years of growth in support suddenly dipped, leading to the loss of 5 seats in the National Assembly and their official opposition role in two provinces, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. It has been regarded as a bad performance by any measure, attributed by many to the numerous own goals that the DA has been scoring due to infighting. The biggest failure of the DA was not to capitalize on being the incumbent in two metros and not being able to grow support under urban Black voters. This past weekend the DA had the first sitting of its federal council after the elections where DA leader Mmusi Maimane blasted party members for their ill-discipline, which he believes resulted in a loss of votes for the party. He also announced a party-wide policy review chaired by a former CEO of the DA, Ryan Coetzee. Maimane has been accused of steering the party to the left as an ANC-light version leading to the loss of voters to the Freedom Front Plus. In a statement, released after the federal council sitting he said the DA wanted to retain and grow the political centre and “not pander to racial mobilization or populism on both sides.” What is at stake is not only turning the tide on support, but Maimane’s future leadership of the party
Created at 2019/06/24 10:55 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/06/24 10:55 AM by Mediclinic