For the country as a whole it is important these be resolved. Democracy will be better served if opposition parties such as the DA and new kids on the block – Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters – can capitalise on their electoral gains in order to challenge the ANC. Major metros such as Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay could be up for grabs in 2016 if a strong opposition continues on its current growth path.
At the weekend Zille brushed aside questions about why Mazibuko broke her news to the media before telling her party leader. That sequence indicated something amiss. Subsequently, in a series of exchanges mainly on BDlive, a pattern of internal wrangling has emerged.
At the very least Zille and Mazibuko were out of step. Recriminations are flying between their proxies. For example, candidate MP Gavin Davis says Mazibuko ignored advice on how to deal with the Employment Equity Bill, “which is how we ended up in the embarrassing situation that we did”.
Now we are told Mazibuko was initially asked to avail herself for nomination as Gauteng premier candidate, a job which eventually went to Mmusi Maimane. “She declined, later telling people that she turned it down because she saw it as an attempt to ‘sideline’ her.”
Such disclosures by Davis were offered to counter allegations of a toxic environment in the DA, yet they point to an atmosphere of mistrust. What has happened to Mazibuko’s support in the party? While internal party politics can be robust, this stuff is not what the DA’s four million voters had in mind when casting their ballots last week.
For the sake of healthy democracy, the DA should steady its blue ship.
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