The Democratic Alliance has a new leader. It’s a new chapter in the story of opposition parties in South Africa and GREG NICOLSON walks through the issue of race and the DA over a weekend congress.
“I’m sick and tired of the ANC”, says Brandon, driving his cab from the airport. DA posters and EFF placards remaining from Julius Malema’s May Day address hang from the street lights. Raised in Joburg, Brandon moved to PE because he was tired of the crime. “You’ll see, next year the DA will run this city,” he says, wearing a Mmusi Maimane badge while he tailgates a Corolla.
Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality is a symbol of expansion for the opposition party. For every opposition party. It’s the low hanging fruit. Get a metro in 2016, run it well, and it’s the first step to taking the province. Here, support for the ANC fell under 50 percent in the last elections. DA students run the local university and further away have won at Fort Hare. The council is in shambles requiring constant ANC intervention, almost giving the city away.
At the Boardwalk, where high school students on group dates take selfies by the fake…
Source : Daily Maverick