‘The DA is well on its way on the path of destruction, and it’s best we don’t disturb them.’
This was a statement echoed by former DA leader and now GOOD leader Patricia De Lille.
De Lille’s comment comes after the resignations of Mmusi Maimane and Athol Trollip from their positions as party leader and Federal chairperson respectively.
While Maimane’s resignation was expected given his recently found courage to tackle the agenda of white privilege and diversity in the party, Trollip’s resignation took many by surprise.
Trollip, refresh from suffering a defeat for Federal Council executive chairperson, also took a stance with Maimane and Herman Mashaba, who was first to step down.
The truth is, the country’s official opposition party is imploding, and it is happening at a very fast pace.
The person responsible for this implosion is, without doubt, the new Federal executive chairperson Helen Zille.
Zille’s return to the party’s top position was always going to cause friction within the party.
However, many were not expecting that within a few days of her taking up the position, senior leaders such as Mashaba, Maimane, and Trollip would relieve themselves from the party’s position.
Zille and her Federal council need to deal with this issue before the party follows the path that COPE’s has.
So what will save the DA from this shambolic situation it finds itself in?
Another black male leader? Or, this time, throw in a black, strong woman?
None of the mentioned solutions above will save the DA from sinking.
Considering what Maimane stated in his resignation letter, which was that the DA is ‘ not the vehicle best suited to take forward the vision of building One South Africa for All,” it is quite clear that the party cannot denounce itself from being a party for the white minority irrespective of whether there’s a black leader at the helm.
The black leader who will potentially be elected to take over from Maimane will face similar challenges, treatment, and disrespect that he had to endure. No black leader can save the DA from imploding.
The DA currently needs a white, Afrikaner, male leader to save it.
The Institute of Race Relations was spot on their suggestion that Alan Winde should take over from Maimane.
The traditional Afrikaner party’s constituents, which have previously been their strongest demographics in terms of votes, have for a long time been left out of the DA’s direction under Maimane.
It became apparent clear when most of them voted for the Afrikaner right-wing party the Freedom Front Plus in the May elections.
Tony Leon’s report also found how the Afrikaner group felt left out regarding the direction the party was taking under Maimane.
I’d suggest that the Federal Council call for an early elective conference so that the party can elect a new white, Afrikaner, male leader ahead of the local government and municipal elections.
John Steenhuisen might be an answer to the DA’s troubles.