The Democratic Alliance (DA) appears to be more than fraying at the edges.
Despite being able to hold onto the Western Cape during the national and provincial elections earlier this year, the party appears to be in crises.
The DA’s Deputy Federal Chairperson, Mike Waters says they are bleeding voters and if the party want to reconnect with their voters, they need to return to their liberal values.
Over the last few years the DA have adopted a more racial policy with their belief in BEE.
Mmusi Maimane says he will not be swayed
Maimane was cleared of financial wrongdoing last week and resumed his public duties this week.
Investigations proved that Maimane was driving a Toyota Fortuner which was donated by Steinhoff’s Markus Joose, but was returned after the Steinhoff scandal broke.
The Claremont house that Maimane claimed was his was proved to be a rental for which he was paying to reside in.
While he is facing pressure to step down, Maimane says he will not be swayed in his pursuit of a united South Africa.
Putting their names forward to save the party’s existence
Along with Waters, other interested contestants vying for the DA’s Federal Council chairperson position are former DA leader Helen Zille, Athol Trollip and Thomas Walters.
The DA are awaiting results of a performance review which was conducted by the DA’s Federal Executive (FedEx) which will reveal where the party lost ground and what the causes were.
Waters said the DA had lost ground prior to the May general elections and support has continued to slide which shows there is a problem with the message they are giving their supporters.
Zilla said that her first goal, if she wins, will be to regain stability in the party.
Maimane was asked to resign
According to Sunday Times, the former party leader Tony Leon, former DA chief strategist Ryan Coetzee and Capitec Bank co-founder Michiel le Roux were part of a delegation who met with Maimane over the weekend which requested he consider the party’s interests by resigning.
Some national and provincial leaders objected, claiming that Leon and Coetzee had no authority to make such a request.
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said he had been watching the public squabbles between party members and said that if there is any ‘right-wing’ involvement in the DA he will leave.