The Democratic Alliance is gearing up for another parliamentary year after a slightly schizophrenic last term for the party’s parliamentary caucus, split between support for the Economic Freedom Front’s combative stance on the one hand, and a stated adherence to the rules of parliament on the other. On Thursday, parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane placed emphasis firmly on the latter position – but exactly what will happen at next month’s State of the Nation Address is anyone’s guess.
In recent years the Democratic Alliance (DA) has become increasingly adept at political aesthetics, and the staging of a press conference on Thursday at Parliament was no exception. It’s usual for the opposition to host media briefings in one of its parliamentary meeting rooms, but on this occasion the party opted for Mmusi Maimane to address journalists from the steps of the National Assembly.
“New year new things,” tweeted Maimane’s spokesperson Mabine Seabe in response to a query as to why. But the choice was clearly deliberate: the DA was staking out its claim to the institution by positioning Maimane with a DA-branded podium directly in front of its most iconic building. The podium seemed to be a relic from…
Source : Daily Maverick