Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

14 May 2014

South Africa: Storm Warning - Post-Election Gale-Force Winds Hit the DA and Head for the ANC

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It might be difficult to remember now, but the fallout in the ANC which led to the eventual expulsion of Julius Malema began shortly after the 2009 elections. Election periods lead to parties closing ranks and all forces pulling together to achieve the best results. But the post-election period is when the guts and gore are exposed.

The honeymoon is over and any pretence of unity is shattered by ambitious and strategic moves to get ahead. This year, the Democratic Alliance beat the ANC to it, with the fallout over Lindiwe Mazibuko's departure shaking the party to the core. There is a lot more of that coming in the ANC and the DA, and even Malema's red army will not be immune to internal machinations.

Perhaps it is an indication that the Democratic Alliance (DA) is finally a fully-fledged political party with a massive leadership battle brewing and that a decision by a senior member to take timeout is able to lead the main Sunday newspaper in the country - on the biggest political weekend of the year. The façade is now shattered that the DA is like a box of Smarties, full of merry people of...

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