In an indication of the fluid political landscape 20 years after democracy, the two newly-elected leaders of the Democratic Alliance in its heartland and ghold the Western Cape, Patricia de Lille and Bonginkosi Madikizela, are drawn from the PAC (and later the ID) and the ANC (later UDM). DA heir apparent, Mmusi Maimane, also popped in at the provincial congress and was warmly embraced in spite of a tepid speech.
The just under 1,000 delegates who attended the Democratic Alliance’s Western Cape Provincial Congress to elect a new leadership for the region at the weekend were met with scenes reminiscent of a revival meeting outside the His People church complex in Goodwood.
The selection of the venue no doubt had more to do with affordability, capacity and its facilities rather than a tacit alignment with the conservative and anti-gay His People churches. Nonetheless an evangelical atmosphere prevailed, albeit that of a political nature.
Photo: There were many creative outfits at the DA Western Cape Federal Congress
Delegates – dressed in obligatory DA Blue – poured in from across the province to register and were met at the entrance by an energetic marimba band as well as an…
Source : Daily Maverick