DA’s ‘policy double-speak, ANC obsession’ sank it in elections

DA’s ‘policy double-speak, ANC obsession’ sank it in elections

16.5.2019

DA’s ‘policy double-speak, ANC obsession’ sank it in elections

The party had tried to satisfy both the black and white constituencies, analysts said, and under weak top leadership this backfired.

The DA dropped from 22.2% in the 2014 election to 20,7% in 2019.

Maimane’s poor leadership was also a factor for the poor showing, Fikeni claimed.

He said the DA’s ambivalence on policies, such as black economic empowerment and affirmative action, did not do it any good. The party had tried to satisfy both the black and white constituencies, but had failed to handle the balance of forces properly.

Both constituencies abandoned the party at the polls in favour of the ANC and the FF+.

This view is supported by an Institute of Race Relations survey. The FF+ did better both at national and provincial level, except in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State. The party increased its parliamentary representation from four to 10 MPs and was represented in eight of the nine provinces.

“DA supporters might have voted for the party at provincial level and for someone else at national level,” Kotze said. “They took their votes to the ANC perhaps because of the Ramaphosa factor. The FF+ support is artificial, caused by DA supporters upset with the way the party was managed at the top.”

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