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While the political focus was trained on the ANC’s succession race, the battles on various fronts in the official opposition Democratic Alliance have been mounting. The DA will have to dig deep to convince the electorate that it is capable of governing Gauteng — its prime target in the 2019 national elections — when it has battled to contain the fires in various municipalities it controls. This is particularly as the party’s messaging has centred on the promise of good and corruption-free governance; but in the past week alone it announced disciplinary action against a mayor for maladministration and removed a finance MMC over allegations of corruption. The party is choking in governance in two metros it won at the 2016 local government elections, as well as in its flagship, the City of Cape Town. It is putting out fires in Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg, and has lost the running of Mogale City in Gauteng. In Mogale City, the DA-led coalition failed to hold onto a slight majori...

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