Leon mulls over the Democratic Alliance’s biggest challenge: ‘how to maintain its majority support among minorities, and increase its meagre voter share among the black majority’.
The problem for the Democratic Alliance is not one of policy. There is real substance in its commitment to substituting racial criteria for overcoming historical disadvantage.
Local government elections in South Africa have traditionally been characterised by low voter turnout.
There is no moral equivalence between apartheid’s use of race categories and their continued use by the democratic government.
The white liberal establishment, both inside and outside the Democratic Alliance, holds on to its race-blindness by distorting the South African idea of “non-racialism”.
The Democratic Alliance’s problems can be traced back to the politicisation of race, which has persisted even after the dawn of democracy in 1994.
Mmusi Maimane’s resignation highlights one of the core problems of democratic South Africa - the assumption that the only way to do anything is the way white men did it in the past.
All signs point to the Democratic Alliance being in deep turmoil which will affect its strength as South Africa’s official opposition.
South Africa’s parliamentary system would make it difficult to achieve a fusion of parties.
Race is the fault line. Prominent black DA figures label attempts to remove leader Mmusi Maimane as an attempt by whites to force black members into a subordinate position.
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.
Community radio stations have thrown themselves into the political discussion with gusto.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
South Africa’s official opposition, the Democratic Alliance needs to face its racial dilemmas.
Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebrations provide a chance to debunk the lie that he sold out black South Africans.
Unexpressed racism may be even more dangerous if it’s left lurking below the surface.
The Democratic Alliance is potentially in a good position to challenge the ANC, which governs South Africa, for power.
Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane’s takeover of responsibility for tackling the Western Cape water crisis blurs party and state lines.
Instead of ignoring his accusers, South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa entertained them, tried to silence them through court, and then revealed a long-past affair of little interest.