Steenhuisen, Gana down to the wire ahead of interim leader election

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The candidate with the most votes will lead the party until its early congress in 2020.

“I don’t subscribe to the Zille school of politics … I’m a liberal, the DA is a liberal party,” he told McKaiser.

In addition, he seeks to rebuild the “damaged brand” of the DA, and iron out contradictory race-based statements, notably ignoring the country’s intricate and complex race issues. “The first question we have to ask is whether the DA can continue to propound a brand of politics that strains to emphasise that race does not matter, and yet recognises that in order to win elections, it has to have black leadership? I do not think this is sustainable because it is fundamentally hypocritical for more than one reason …”

 

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