Last week’s financial disaster precipitated by President Jacob’s Zuma firing of Nhlanhla Nene is a nightmare for the ruling party ahead of local government elections that are just around the corner.
Under normal circumstances, monumental blunders like this by the ruling party should bolster opposition parties. However, the opposition, especially the DA, looks likely to squander the opportunity to unseat its rivals because of its own internal rebellion triggered by, among other factors, the sacking of MP Dianne Kohler Barnard. And new divisions have hit the DA.
Barely a week after prominent businessman Herman Mashaba threw his hat in the ring as the party’s mayoral hopeful in Johannesburg, his candidacy has caused ructions in the party, with councillor Rabelani Dagada calling on Mashaba to withdraw from the race for allegedly violating the DA’s internal selection code.
Dagada, who is also vying for the mayoral candidacy, claims DA resources are being used to bolster Mashaba’s campaign. After the ANC’s dismal performance in last year’s national polls, speculation was rife the ruling party could lose a few metros, including Joburg, to the opposition. But it will be mission impossible for an opposition in disarray to topple even an ANC in turmoil.