5 things the DA must do if it wants to survive the elections (so says Tony Leon)

Politician and columnist Tony Leon says Mmusi Maimane's leadership will be tested in the upcoming general elections.

Leon, a former DA leader, says the official opposition party needs to grow its voter numbers in order to be effective.

Read: Opinion poll suggests DA in trouble for the 2019 elections

He says that if the party regresses, it will be a sign that their campaign strategy is not working.

Here are five things he says the DA needs to do:

  • get more than 22.2% of the vote in the upcoming elections
  • retain the Western Cape
  • grow leadership in Gauteng
  • take a decisive stance on coalition governments and collaborating with EFF
  • shut down contrary voices inside or around the party

As a minimum, the DA has got to get beyond where it was at the last national elections, which was 22.2% It's got to get an outright majority in the Western Cape and do something exciting in Gauteng.

Tony Leon, politician and columnist

I certainly support the DA, and I would vote for it. It doesn't mean that I am uncritical of it and can't see the advantages of other political parties.

Tony Leon, politician and columnist

Leon maintains that unified leadership, as well as a clear and coherent message, are needed for an effective election campaign.

Maimane's tough task is to shut down any contrary voices inside or around the party that contradict the organisation's core message, he says.

The DA has been suffering own goals of late, with 'The ANC Is Killing Us' billboard saga, the resignation of policy head Gwen Ngwennya and Helen Zille's controversial tax revolt comments.

The leadership needs to deal with all these things about the DA.

Tony Leon, politician and columnist

Read also: Families of Esidimeni victims angered by DA Billboard

Leon believes Zille's rogue tax revolt comments could be hurtful to the DA's election prospects.

At the same time, Ngwenya resigned last week in a strongly-worded open resignation letter to party leader Maimane.

However, DA spokesperson Mabine Seabe says Ngwenya lied when she claimed the DA does not takes policy seriously.

Read more: Does liberalism (or the DA) fit in SA politics? Tony Leon, Prince Mashele debate

Seabe is adamant that the party has shown strong leadership and strong messaging since the last elections.

Listen to the discussion on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:


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