Where's it going wrong for the DA? Opposition loses more votes in bi-elections

It's been a tough year for the Democratic Alliance (DA) so far, with significant losses in the national elections in May and that trend continuing in bi-elections held this week.

The official opposition lost a further two municipal wards to the ANC (African National Congress) and FF+ (Freedom Front Plus) in Clanwilliam and Potchefstroom respectively.

Political analyst Daniel Silke says without recognising the reasons behind its weakening status, smaller parties such as the EFF are likely to "score" in future local government elections to the detriment of the DA.

What we've seen in parts of the DA in the recent spate of bi-elections is the continuation of the similar trend that was manifest in the recent national elections.

Daniel Silke, Political economy analyst - Political Futures Consultancy

In that election, the DA lost substantial support in its more conservative flank amongst white voters to the Freedom Front Plus, that trend has continued.

Daniel Silke, Political economy analyst - Political Futures Consultancy

The party is also shedding amongst some segments of the rural coloured voter as well.

Daniel Silke, Political economy analyst - Political Futures Consultancy

Listen to the full interview below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Where's it going wrong for the DA? Opposition loses more votes in bi-elections


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Matric exams disrupted due to load shedding

Matric exams disrupted due to load shedding

The Western Cape Education Department says 36 out of the 274 centres writing Computer Applications Technology were affected.

Nobel prize winners using research to end poverty, have links to SA

The winners founded a global research lab that has offices in South Africa specifically aimed at beating youth unemployment.

Where are all the whales? Lack of food to blame for dearth of southern rights

Where are all the whales? Lack of food to blame for dearth of southern rights

A survey of southern right whales off the Cape coast has counted just 200 in the area – the second-lowest figure since 1995.

South Africa quietly reclassifies 33 wild species as farm animals

South Africa quietly reclassifies 33 wild species as farm animals

Some of the endangered wildlife has now been listed as farming stock under key legislation that governs breeding.

What can be done to boost Cape Town CBD's night-time economy?

What can be done to boost Cape Town CBD's night-time economy?

A study is being planned to determine potential outlets and job-creation opportunities that Cape Town's night-time economy offers.

'The most powerful currency in the country should be the people's vote'

'The most powerful currency in the country should be the people's vote'

Refilwe Moloto says dollars and euros are important but President Cyril Ramaphosa should address the reality facing South Africa.

Popular articles
Yves Saint Laurent starts selling designer condoms for R95 a pop

Yves Saint Laurent starts selling designer condoms for R95 a pop

Some things in life just don’t need a “designer” counterpart, reckons branding and advertising expert Andy Rice.

We bought 2 corrupt businesses back in 2012 - Stephen van Coller (CEO at EOH)

We bought 2 corrupt businesses back in 2012 - Stephen van Coller (CEO at EOH)

If EOH didn’t make those mistakes, the company would have no debt today, laments its CEO, Stephen van Coller.

'Realistically, load shedding may continue for whole week,' says Eskom COO

'Realistically, load shedding may continue for whole week,' says Eskom COO

The power utility's Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer, explains why the power utility is implementing a power outage.

It's VW, but not as you know it - Why did Volkswagen change its logo?

It's VW, but not as you know it - Why did Volkswagen change its logo?

John Maytham asks what's behind Volkswagen's new-look logo...

Eusebius slams humourous reactions to Bishops teacher's sexual affair scandal

Eusebius slams humourous reactions to Bishops teacher's sexual affair scandal

The teacher has resigned following allegations that she was involved in a sexual relationship with an 18-year old pupil.

5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

It’s better to start late than never! The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Jeanette Marais.

Enjoy life and save for the future by splitting income using the '50/15/5 rule'

Enjoy life and save for the future by splitting income using the '50/15/5 rule'

You only live once — personal finance guru Warren Ingram on divvying up your income if you're not the budgeting type.

[WATCH] Woman faints after hairdresser cuts 12-inch hair without telling her

[WATCH] Woman faints after hairdresser cuts 12-inch hair without telling her

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Job hopeful caught cheating during his Skype interview

[WATCH] Job hopeful caught cheating during his Skype interview

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.