DA Leadership race debate leads to questions about SA's political maturity

The two main contenders for the Democratic Alliance leadership are going to face off in a TV debate tomorrow, the debate is a move that has been questioned by commentators who wonder what the point of publicising a debate for the race of an internal party position.

The two will be joined by Adrian Naidoo and Morgan Oliphant, who have also put their names up for election following Helen Zille's announcement that she would not be contending for party leader at this year's leadership conference.

702 and Cape Talk Weekend Breakfast team, Africa Melane and Azania Mosaka spoke to Political Commentator, Aubrey Matshiqi to find out what the debate says about South Africa's political maturity.

I myself wouldn't see any point in having any point in having such a debate ... The DA does not receive as much media coverage as the ANC but this is going to be a very important federal congress because in part it's about how the DA has been changing from 1999 with regard to it's precursor the Democratic [Party].

Political Commentator, Aubrey Matshiqi

The two main contenders for outgoing leader Helen Zille's crown have so far engaged in a series of internal party debates, setting out what they have to offer at candidate meetings in Port Elizabeth and will move on to Cape Town and Gauteng in the week ahead.

Matshiqi carried on to say that he expects DA Parliamentary Leader, Mmusi Maimane would walk away with the position of Federal Leader of the political party.

If you look at the coincidence between race and voting patterns and the fact that the ANC still won the overwhelming majority of votes nationally last year at 62.3% you may be tempted to ignore the shifts and changes that have been happening in South Africa's electoral politics over the past decade even with regards to the coincidence between race and voting patterns. Despite the fact that DA has been moving from narrow base it has increased the number of black members, and has increased the number of black voters.

Political Commentator, Aubrey Matshiqi

Matshiqi concludes that the state of South Africa's political discourse is toxic but electoral politics have become more competitive with the ANC slowly losing it's majority stronghold overtime.

Listen to Matshiqi's entire conversation with the Weekend Breakfast team below:


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