DA’s dirty fights 2019 am­bi­tions

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calls for ac­tion to be taken against Wa­ters.

Wa­ters wrote an email, which was cir­cu­lated to the prov­ince, lament­ing the state of mem­ber­ship au­dits. Its tone al­legedly matches the con­tent leaked to the me­dia.

Moodey’s sup­port­ers hit back this week, say­ing the Cachalia camp were “play­ing dirty”.

“This whole thing has got­ten very ugly,” said an in­sider.

“It is clear that a num­ber of peo­ple have been promised cer­tain things which rely on a Cachalia win. This is now about 2019 and the dis­pens­ing of pa­tron­age. Re­mem­ber that Gaut­eng is the most pow­er­ful prov­ince. Peo­ple want to be MECs and ac­cess re­sources. They are act­ing no dif­fer­ently to the ANC.

“Cachalia is be­ing backed by a lot of MPs and peo­ple at the top, who want the sta­tus quo to re­main. They know that if Moodey re­mains and if some­one like Makashule Gana or Msi­manga emerges as pre­mier, the party will take a pro­gres­sive di­rec­tion.”

An­other in­sider, who is neu­tral, said the bat­tle be­tween Cachalia and Moodey had to do with “the fu­ture and di­rec­tion of the DA”.

“Cachalia is un­likely to win next week. His back­ing comes from the top, but he has no real sup­port in the prov­ince,” the source said.

Next week’s congress fol­lows an ex­plo­sive West­ern Cape pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence, which saw Helen Zille loy­al­ist Bonginkosi Madik­izela tri­umph over Len­nit Max. Max has chal­lenged the out­come, adding to on­go­ing ten­sions in that prov­ince.

The next few months will see more bruis­ing bat­tles, with KwaZulu-Natal headed for a congress early next year, which will be fol­lowed by the DA’s na­tional congress.

It is un­der­stood that a move will be made to dis­lodge current fed­eral chair Athol Trol­lip from his po­si­tion by the so-called black cau­cus, who are ad­vo­cat­ing for rad­i­cal “pro­gres­sive change” in the party.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane is expected to be re-elected un­con­tested.

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