DA to review organisational structure ahead of 2021 election

DA to review organisational structure ahead of 2021 election

Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane (L) dances during the party's last campaign rally in the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, 01 May 2019. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

The party recorded a drop of 1.4% in voter support at last week’s general election, bringing its current support to 20.77%.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday that it would be reviewing its organisational structure in preparation for the 2021 local government election.

The party recorded a drop of 1.4% in voter support at last week’s general election, bringing its current support to 20.77%. In the 2014 general election, it received 22.3% voter support.

But the party’s deputy federal chairperson, Athol Trollip, said that it was now even more committed to building One South Africa For All – the DA tagline – and in so doing rejecting racial mobilisation.

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Trollip said that going forward, the party leaders and branches would be on the ground working with citizens to keep them informed.

“There will be a review of the organisational structure and how we can best operate as a party that occupies governments that serve around 15 million people, and the way we campaign. This review will be in consultation with all stakeholders of the party,” Trollip said.

“We will never celebrate the loss of voters. We are not blind to support in some areas nor are we deaf to the voices of those who chose to support another party in this election.

“Where the losses occurred, we will work on regaining the trust of the people as we head into the 2021 local government elections, this starts with two by-elections taking place in Nelson Mandela Bay as early as Wednesday; this will be the start of winning back the Bay.”

Trollip also said that DA leader Mmusi Maimane would remain at the helm until the party’s next federal congress in 2021.

African News Agency (ANA)

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