DA’s dirty fights 2019 ambitions
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.