In their now famous review report “What is Wrong with the DA, and How to Fix it”, Ryan Coetzee, Tony Leon and Michiel le Roux argue for a project that will “transcend SA’s history of competing racial nationalisms”.

The potential success of such a project is surely among the fundamental political questions facing SA today. What would a political party look like that garners people’s allegiance not because they are black or white, but on another basis entirely? Is such a project even conceivable? Or has racial nationalism become all-consuming? In others words, is it possible for a South African to say anything at all that is not interpreted as an expression of racial nationalism?

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