Peter Bruce Columnist

Let’s do the Democratic Alliance (DA). It had a horrible election and it is going to torture itself for the next few months as it tries to draw the right lessons from its poor showing. Not only did it fall back in the national vote, it fell in the provinces too and it barely, if at all, made any progress among African voters, which was surely the whole point of Helen Zille stepping down in favour of Mmusi Maimane in 2015 in the first place.  DA tradition would dictate that a leader who loses has to go. But hardly anyone believes Maimane lost this on his own. The DA leadership zone is a labyrinth of interests and hidden agendas. There’s a whole corporate arm we know nothing about. It has a CEO and a chief elections officer. Maimane is part of a team and it is a team that clearly made some catastrophic mistakes. None of them is new. The primary error is a failure to talk to voters and about a core economic policy that could excite the country; something that chases prosperity and prof...

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