The DA’s top leadership rallied around its embattled leader, Mmusi Maimane, in the wake of the party’s dismal performance in last week’s general election. This despite Maimane saying in a letter to all party members that "as leader of the DA, I take full responsibility for the outcome of the election". Maimane said he could "honestly and in good conscience" say that he had done his best and given everything of himself in the run-up to the election. The official opposition party’s federal executive decided to take collective responsibility for shedding votes, despite running against an ANC whose campaign was dogged by corruption allegations among its leaders and a record of a stagnant economy and an unemployment rate that rose above 27%. The DA only met one of its four key objectives, raising questions about Maimane’s leadership and its message going into the sixth general election of the democratic era. The party’s federal executive ordered the first review of its organisational str...

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