Because it's a blend of political influences the transition it is facing has, inevitably, had an existential effect on the Democratic Alliance.
Despite its endurance, the Democratic Alliance still hasn't found a firm foothold to grow the votes in South Africa's changing political landscape.
Corruption has, over the past decade and a half, become one of South Africans' biggest concerns.
South Africa's electoral commission's failure to ensure a credible voters' roll threatens to undo its legacy of free and fair elections.
South African parties are recognising that coalition politics is now part of the political landscape and is here to stay.