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The choice of the DA’s provincial leader in Limpopo as candidate for premier in the 2019 national elections is creating discontent among party members. Some have questioned whether the move by the DA’s provincial executive committee was true to the spirit of an open opportunity society. The province, which is seen as a nonstrategic one by the DA, had opened up applications for premier candidate along with the rest of the provinces. The DA is the only big political party in SA which recruits public representatives who are not card-carrying members. Even though the party has not set its sights on a coalition government in Limpopo, an ANC stronghold where the EFF also has a solid footprint, the DA does govern with other parties in two hung municipalities. Applicants for the candidacy were informed in an e-mail that the provincial executive committee had decided at a meeting on July 12 that the first person on its list of representatives at the provincial legislature would be the premie...

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