With the latest allegations against Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane surfacing over the weekend, Eusebius McKaiser shines the spotlight on the official opposition.
Rapport newspaper reported that Maimane drove a rental vehicle sponsored by businessperson Markus Jooste, and it was paid for by Steinhoff ahead of the 2016 elections.
However, the DA denied this saying the party returned the car when the company's financial scandals surfaced.
Is Mmusi Maimane facing a crisis of credibility?
What impact have the latest poor election results had on the party’s morale and what will the ongoing institutional review process reveal about the inner workings of the party?
The party federal chairperson Athol Trollip, political journalist and author Jan-Jan Joubert and political analyst professor Somadoda Fikeni join McKaiser to discuss South Africa's official opposition.
I think the DA had a less than a spectacular election and we were all very disappointed about that. We need to do some introspection and a review process is part of that.— Athol Trollip, Federal chairperson - DA
If you do introspection and you do it honestly, and you reflect on where your strengths and weaknesses are, things can improve.— Athol Trollip, Federal chairperson - DA
He says political parties are always raising money.
Mmusi Maimane and the DA were offered a vehicle by Markus Jooste's company Steinhoff and at that time there was no question about Steinhoff and its dealings. In hindsight, Markus Jooste was the worst person to get a vehicle from.— Athol Trollip, Federal chairperson - DA
Joubert says the DA needs direction and needs a policy.
If the DA wants to recover, it needs to go back to looking after its constituency and its voters and not just try to unseat the African National Congress.— Jan-Jan Joubert, Political journalist and author
Fikeni says in the run-up to the May elections, the DA's constituency and policy position on a range of issues was unclear.
They simply wanted to be loved and ultimately, it became so fixated with being that is not ANC, that it became its position.— Professor Somadoda Fikeni, Political analyst
Listen below to the full conversation: