DA aims to lead SA
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!