South Africa: DA's Foundational Values - Still Strong, Still Worth Fighting for

The Democratic Alliance leadership at a media briefing after the election of John Steenhuisen, second left, as interim leader.
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Politics is a long game; expediency and unseemly haste will simply repeat the mistakes of the past.

There's a tendency for politicians to keep transparency opaque. Swimming against the tide of these muddy waters, the Democratic Alliance has been singularly open about the recalibration process that is underway in the organisation. The level of disclosure is unprecedented in South African politics.

The post-election review, occasioned by the less-than-stellar showing in the 2019 national elections, and commissioned by the erstwhile leader, Mmusi Maimane, has been made public -- in pretty much-unredacted form. The events it set in motion have been the subject of much scrutiny. The results are plain for all to see.

Fast forward: an interim leadership has been elected in the run-up to the next Federal Congress, scheduled for April 2020. Sadly, the media, with few exceptions, has sought to portray the developments through a binary racial lens.

Those who sought to revert to aspects of the DA's foundational values and principles have been painted as overwhelmingly white, right-wing and out of step with the need for historical redress.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The review took into consideration all submissions on a party-wide basis, its recommendations...

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