The DA’s internal polls indicate that the party could govern Gauteng in 2019, but must first overcome dirty battles being waged among factions ahead of next week’s congress, where new provincial leaders will be elected.
Current Gauteng leader John Moodey told City Press this week that internal polls placed the DA in the early 40s percentile.
During the 2014 general elections, the DA obtained 31% of the vote in Gauteng.
Should the figures hold steady until 2019, the party has to govern through a coalition, but it is pushing to go it alone.
Although the internal polls fluctuate, they have placed the DA in the late 40s percentile, with 51% being its highest percentage in recent months. This has emboldened the party, which already governs in the Western Cape.
Leaders who will emerge from next week’s much-anticipated congress will be responsible for steering the party to victory.
However, emails seen by City Press this week have laid bare deep divisions as supporters of Moodey and his opponent, Ghaleb Cachalia, battle it out. The recent spate of mud-slinging was instigated by a leak to the media, indicating that membership audits in the province were not in order.
Mike Waters, a DA MP and Cachalia backer, has been fingered as the source of the leak, which is alleged to have been intended to taint Moodey, who is looking to be re-elected next week. Cachalia, who joined the party last year, was the DA’s Ekurhuleni mayoral candidate during the 2016 local polls. It is understood that he is also eyeing the position of premier come 2019.
Among the emails is a letter written by current DA provincial chairperson and Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga, who backs Moodey. In the letter, written to federal executive chairperson James Selfe, Msimanga