'DA only diverse party in South Africa'

'Diversity' was among the buzz words at this weekend's DA congress in Pretoria.

But, while the party has resolved to include the diversity clause in its constitution, it rejected racial quotas, saying they were undemocratic.

Despite that, the party's federal council chairperson, James Selfe still believes the DA ranks the highest in the country for diversity among its members.

There are a very few diverse parties and I believe we are the only diverse party in South Africa that welcomes all sectors of the South African society into our ranks, united around common values.

James Selfe, DA federal council chairperson

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However, the Institute of Race Relations' Gareth van Onselen says the DA conference left everyone asking - 'so what?'

Van Onselen says the DA just reaffirmed what it stood for before the conference started.

One of the problems with this congress is that, by and large, it was internally looking. It was trying to do a lot of house-keeping.

Gareth van Onselen, Head of Politics and Governance at the Institute of Race Relations

At the end of the day the point of a political party is to offer South African's a programme of action for change. If you spend your whole time working out who you are, you don't make that offering in an effective way.

Gareth van Onselen, Head of Politics and Governance at the Institute of Race Relations

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