Mukoni Ratshitanga
5 minute read
11 Oct 2019
8:01 am

The DA’s liberalism and racism are false antinomies driving its internecine war

Mukoni Ratshitanga

The sharpest and most pointed clue of the racial dynamic in the DA’s turmoil was offered by Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba last weekend.

Mukoni Ratshitanga.

Supposing the guesstimates of the speculative industry are correct, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane is at the last lap of his tutelage. Last weekend, we learnt that no less a figure than Ryan Coetzee, the party’s former strategist and one of the progenitors of the 1999 malodorous “Fight Back” election campaign platform, recently led a four-person delegation that met Maimane to instruct him to step down as party leader at an early congress. Following a sojourn in the United Kingdom which included a stint as the right-wing Liberal Democrats’ elections strategy director in the 2015 UK general election –...