The DA has many problems, which fall into four broad categories. First, the DAmaphosa conundrum, the challenge imposed on the party by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Second, the challenge of managing internal dynamics. Third, the Mmusi Maimane challenge. Fourth, the challenge of managing the EFF. Jacob Zuma’s presidency of the ANC and the country were a boon to opposition parties, particularly the DA and the EFF. As they say, people must be careful of what they wish for, because, when it happens, reality may not taste as sweet as what was desired. The election of Ramaphosa has introduced a set of challenges that may cause a yearning for Zuma. Under Zuma, 2019 looked different. The ANC was going to suffer its most devastating electoral losses since 1994. With Ramaphosa’s coronation, this scenario has become a mirage and the DA must now recalibrate its electoral strategy.One of the first things it must do is present voters with a presidential candidate who is equal to the task of neutrali...

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