South Africa: DA Post-Elections Reckoning - Maimane Leader Till 2021, but Party Review to Follow


DA leaders spent Monday behind closed doors in the discussion of the party's disappointing election results -- before emerging with the confirmation that leader Mmusi Maimane would remain in his position. But a comprehensive review of the DA's structures and processes, last undertaken 15 years ago, is to follow.

"There will be blood on the floor."

That is what one senior DA figure predicted to Daily Maverick would be the atmosphere of the party's federal executive meeting on Monday.

And although DA federal chairperson Athol Trollip set a largely bullish tone in a statement read to journalists after the meeting, there were indications of substantial unease behind the scenes.

It was noteworthy that DA leader Mmusi Maimane was not present at the post-meeting press conference, although the official explanation was that he had left to catch a flight. Nonetheless, his absence struck a strange note among a group of leaders bent on pressing the point of party unity -- to the point that several of the DA provincial leaders clasped each other around the shoulders throughout the press briefing.

Trollip played down the announcement that the DA will now undertake "a review of the organisational structure and how best we...

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