Deep DA divisions as serious as ANC’s
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
PATRICIA DE LILLE