Don’t misread the DA and misdiagnose realities, please
The DA has been tested over the last year, but it has managed to grow its governance footprint and expand its support base
Natasha Marrian’s latest column completely misreads the DA and misdiagnoses electoral realities in SA and the nature of impactful and effective political campaigns. Her depiction of the state of the DA is dramatically exaggerated. The party has a proud record of being the only political party in democratic SA that has managed to grow in every election cycle.
This growth continues to spur us to work hard to earn the privilege of the vote of our supporters, and then work even harder to deliver on the mandate they have given us. Predictably, with every election a number of analysts seem hell-bent to outsprint each other in their misinformed analysis, writing off the DA’s electoral prospects. Yet our electoral successes continue to prove them wrong. Indeed, it was in this very newspaper that the then DA was written off as a desolate shack. Today we are a party with more than 4-million supporters, 16-million South Africans experience some form of DA government, and we have stood la...