Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI
Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI

If I had a rand for every time someone predicted the demise of the DA, I’d be wealthier than the average tenderpreneur.

Koert Meyer’s is the latest attempt at political fortune telling, and one sincerely hopes that he has better luck predicting the lottery, because in spite of losing a few, mostly marginal, wards the DA remains the second-largest party in SA, the most diverse and the only party to beat both the ANC and FF+ in by elections in the same city. The result in Pretoria was particularly important, given that the FF+ threw everything they had into taking on the DA and still couldn’t make it. No wonder they don’t bother taking on the ANC, which the DA beat comprehensively in two wards in the governing party’s heartland of the Eastern Cape.

When it comes to historical revisionism, the attempt at painting the decision not to join the 1994 Government of National Unity as selfish, is next level stuff. Had Tony Leon and his small band of MPs not chosen the more difficult route of opposition politics, SA would have had to establish an opposition to hold the government to account, and to build a non-racial, alternative to the failed ANC. Thanks to the hard work done by these committed South Africans, opposition politics is an established reality in the country, the DA is now the second largest political party in SA, governing in the Western Cape and in municipalities across the country. By all measures and in terms of numerous accolades locally and abroad, where the DA governs, it does so more successfully than any other party.

The DA remains committed to the vision in its constitution of creating one nation with one future, and rejects the identity politics strategies of small, ethnic and race-based parties which are more intent on cannibalising the opposition than tackling the ANC whose policies have failed to deliver the promised better life for all.

There’s no way that’s being disbanded into little racial and ethnic enclaves which have no hope of ridding SA of the disastrous ANC.

Brett Anderson
Somerset West

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