FREEDOM Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Mulder says the Democratic Alliance (DA) will lose white Afrikaners’ support in the May 7 elections, and that his party is better positioned to serve them. Speaking to Business Day last week, he cited the recent defection of three DA MPs to his party as an indication the DA’s attempts to reach out to black voters was alienating its traditional voter base.In March the FF+ revealed that three DA MPs — former radio presenter Niekie van den Berg, former AgriSA chairman Lourie Bosman and Theo Coetzee — were on the party’s national list.The FF+ is looking to these and other new members to improve its appeal. Support for the party was just under 1% in the 2004 and 2009 national elections. In the same period, the DA’s support grew from 12.4% to 16.7%.A Sunday Times survey this week showed that one of the measures of success for the DA in this election will be the support it secures from black voters. The party registered the most diverse support base a...

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