DA aims to lead SA

African Times - - Leader -

THE Demo­cratic Al­liance (DA) is a party with high am­bi­tion. It emerged from its two con­fer­ences in Lim­popo and Gaut­eng buoy­ant of a vic­tory in the 2019 elec­tions. In do­ing so, the party did not mince its words that it will achieve its mis­sion of be­com­ing a rul­ing party – through coali­tions if it needs be – by ex­ploit­ing di­vi­sions within the rul­ing ANC. The ANC is fac­ing one of the tough­est times in its more than 100 years of ex­is­tence.

One of the rea­sons ad­vanced for the tur­moil within the ANC is the trap­ping of power by some of its lead­ers in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma. Se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions of state cap­ture and du­bi­ous deals in­volv­ing mil­lions of rand have been cited as ex­am­ples of the trap­pings of power.

Whilst there may be de­spi­ca­ble acts by some lead­ers of the rul­ing party, the DA also need to look in­ward in its ap­proach of the 2019 elec­tions.

There have been re­ports of de­spi­ca­ble acts by its own mem­bers that in­cluded racism, cor­rup­tion and in­fight­ing. It may have been against this back­ground that DA na­tional leader warned against be­ing voted into power to get nice of­fices, cars and se­nior po­si­tions.

Again, the party has to guard against buoy­ancy that has the po­ten­tial to work against it­self in its set path to wres­tle gov­er­nance of the coun­try from the ANC. The ANC it­self is aware that the DA and other po­lit­i­cal par­ties are not sit­ting on their lau­rels, come 2019. All this are an in­di­ca­tion that South Africa is set for a very in­ter­est­ing, at the same time bruis­ing, po­lit­i­cal cam­paign­ing to­wards the gen­eral elec­tions in 2019. Fas­ten your belt and en­joy the ride!

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