Peter Bruce Columnist

I went on the radio this week with the DA’s chief whip, John Steenhuisen, on Eusebius McKaiser’s morning talk show. I’ve known McKaiser for more than 12 years and we’ve had our differences, but he is easily the best broadcaster in the country. Being in his studio was quite an experience for me, a print man. One of the things I learned is that although drawn to politics, I’d be a lousy politician. I can’t talk and I’m too easily persuaded by logic. The subject was the DA in 2018. Obviously, any year you’re polling less than you did the previous year can’t have been good, but the DA has only itself to blame. It has split on replacing its version of the ANC’s broad-based black economic empowerment and right now doesn’t have any empowerment policy at all. Steenhuisen said they were working on it. There is an election in five months. The DA also handled the departure of Patricia de Lille badly and still suffers from the way it treated Helen Zille over her colonialism tweets. Her replacem...

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