Deep DA di­vi­sions as se­ri­ous as ANC’s

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THE sus­pen­sion of Cape Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille and may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber JP Smith by the DA ex­poses the deep di­vi­sions and fac­tion­al­ism in the party.

And it can­not be de­nied that ten­sions ex­ist be­tween sup­port­ers of He­len Zille and Mmusi Maimane.

The Maimane camp be­lieves that Zille is a loose can­non and the work that was done by the party to re-po­si­tion the DA in the minds of the black peo­ple is be­ing un­done by her.

The Zille fac­tion is po­si­tion­ing her as the true leader of its tra­di­tional vot­ers, who see them­selves as the vic­tims of the new apartheid ide­ol­ogy that is tak­ing root.

What has been ex­posed in the me­dia about the fac­tional war that is tak­ing place in the DA, in Cape Town, in par­tic­u­lar, and else­where in gen­eral may well be the tip of the ice­berg.

Fac­tion­al­ism in pol­i­tics is a strongly di­vi­sive in­stru­ment that may do ir­repara­ble harm to a po­lit­i­cal party. We have seen it in the Na­tional Free­dom Party and the ANC.

The DA as chief op­po­si­tion is be­com­ing yet another party man­i­fest­ing in­ter­nal power strug­gle in­stead of pro­mot­ing the wel­fare of the cit­i­zenry, for ex­am­ple the wor­ry­ing fac­tor of drugs and crim­i­nal­ity in sev­eral sub­urbs of Cape Town.

Is Maimane a truly dom­i­nant leader to bring the war­ring par­ties to­gether, or is he los­ing his grip?

And is the fac­tion­al­ism in the DA, which seems in­ternecine, more se­ri­ous than what is ap­par­ent in the pub­lic do­main about the ANC? It cer­tainly ap­pears to be so. JAYRAJ BACHU

Clare Es­tate

JP SMITH

PA­TRI­CIA DE LILLE

MMUSI MAIMANE

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