Three things, really
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 19 April 2014. 06h40. It is obvious. Three things.
If the DA was a party representable as a viable alternative for all South Africans, twenty years of democracy should have seen several credible black leaders in the top leadership echelon.
There are none.
The proof lies in the rummaging haste of the Mamwhatsisname Ramwhatchamacallit presidential candidate announcement.
It is not the clumsiness of the event that is telling; it is the necessity of such reaches that is conclusive: The DA, after twenty years of desperate maneuvering, has failed entirely in attracting black leaders demanded to be a serious contender.
Chalk it up to whatever makes your hair blow back, and be it misrepresentation or political naiveté by Mam Ram, the DA needed a black person unavailable from its own ranks – twenty years on!
If the DA was a party representable as a viable alternative for all South Africans, the May 7 general election would have been a proverbial perambulation in a bosky common:
Nkandla, Eskom, the SABC, Jacob Zuma, rank (apparent) corruption, the Arms Deal, failed education, and much more… and the DA is fighting desperate battles to get at least 1 in 5 South Africans to vote for it. Success would mean the DA beats its current 1 in 6 public acceptance; and not too long ago it claimed it would muster 1 in 3.
Then, the leadership…
Helen Zille has succeeded in alienating or eliminating any and all contenders to her leadership. She is not replaceable. Therefore insiders regularly tell me that the top lieutenants are both scared Zille may not go, and scared that she does go.
Zille has surrounded herself with yes-men and takes criticism badly. She is a weak and ineffectual manager arrogating as a leader.
Who will follow Zille?
Mazibuko? Maimane? What, are you shitting me?
It should be Athol Trollip, but he is a middle-aged, rich, white male – utterly and completely not DA leadership material.
Ye gods and faeries.
It’s game over.
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