The DA has finally done what should be as easy as breathing for a political party: finding political solutions for what may seem like intractable problems. More than a year after the first warning shots in the battle between Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and the DA, she has agreed to resign from the top post in Cape Town, for years the DA jewel in the crown. The party has withdrawn its internal charges against her, but has left the council to carry on its own processes, while she continues to be a DA member, party leader Mmusi Maimane announced on Sunday. His main message was that the decision was a move to put the people of Cape Town first after they had to stand on sidelines watching a political spectacle while fearing that a crippling drought would let the metro’s taps run dry. The extraordinary way the matter had been dealt with by the party for most of the time can only be described as a self-inflicted wound. Its caucus in Cape Town failed to remove De Lille through a motio...

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