South Africa: DA Disorder - a Power Struggle Clothed in Ideology

opinion

Something is rotten in the state of the Democratic Alliance. While analysts struggle for a prognosis - is it a symptom of liberalism, nationalism, social democratism or racism? - the truth is that it isn't ideological. It's not so highfalutin. It's really just another dirty old political power struggle.

Unlike factionalism in the ANC, where so-called comrades generally nail their colours to the mast of their choice of leaders - DA members, until now, have sought the more "sophisticated" option of public embrace and private backstabbing.

"Sophisticated" politicians give an air of discretion; they are good at keeping secrets. They don't leak information about each other's nefarious deeds or distribute fake news.

So, what's changed?

The popular view - and the view the party would probably ultimately prefer you to believe - is that the DA's poor performance in the 2019 general election and its abysmal performance in subsequent by-elections have occasioned deep introspection.

They plumbed so deep they hit paydirt - the sidelined former leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille came bubbling back to the surface.

Now, we are led to believe, the product of all this collective navel-gazing will be debated, in a sophisticated manner, and the...

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Daily Maverick

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.