2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

'There are white DA members that don't like the direction Maimane wants to take'

The Democratic Alliance (DA) performed worse than it did during the 2014 elections in last week's national and provincial election.

Read: Mixed fortunes for parties as IEC releases results

To discuss the DA's performance, 702's Bongani Bingwa speaks to columnist and business executive Kaizer Nyatsumba.

If we go back to 1999, there was until then the National Party (NP) under Marthinus van Schalkwyk that represented former NP and conservative individuals. Then there was the democratic party of Tony Leon. The two merged, and they became the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Kaizer Nyatsumba, Columnist and business executive

So you have effectively in the DA a minority interest group. It was a party that represented minorities of the country, and there was nothing wrong with that.

Kaizer Nyatsumba, Columnist and business executive

Helen Zille came into office and realised that it was important that the party appealed to a much broader society, he says.

She began the process that Maimane took further. It was thanks to Zille that the likes of Lindiwe Mazibuko and Maimane emerged on the scene and played the role that they did. But change is always uncomfortable.

Kaizer Nyatsumba, Columnist and business executive

He adds that Maimane has made it very clear that he wants to make sure the party appeals broadly to South Africans.

That doesn't sit comfortably with a number of individuals and they have rejected it to the bitter end. Those are the individuals who have moved on to the Freedom Front Plus.

Kaizer Nyatsumba, Columnist and business executive

There are several white members in the DA that have been pushing back because they don't like the direction Maimane is taking for the party.

Kaizer Nyatsumba, Columnist and business executive

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