I do not know what pushed Colonel Christelle Stemmet over the edge, but wish she was treated better by the police service, writes Adriaan Basson.
Mostly sunny. Mild.
DA buckles at the knees
It was around noon on the day after the national elections in May this year when a notably strained Mmusi Maimane stepped in front of the cameras to address the media at the election results operation centre in Pretoria.
Ever the charming frontman for his party, Maimane did his best to dismiss suggestions from journalists that the DA's performance had been subpar and that his position as party leader was subsequently hanging in the balance.
"This is not a leadership contest. The people of the DA know that we went out and fought for an incredible dream, and we went hard and fought for holding the centre of politics," said Maimane.
But the writing was on the wall. Five months later, it seems the DA's dream is all but dead and Maimane's departure has left South Africa's biggest opposition in turmoil, with the ruling ANC laughing all the way to the 2021 local elections.
This week in Friday Briefing, we consider whether the DA's liberal agenda has been its undoing. Assistant-editor Pieter du Toit compares Maimane's departure to that of his predecessor in the liberal opposition of 33 years ago, Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert. Editor Adriaan Basson explains how Helen Zille broke the party she built up over the years, and analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela asks if the DA pursued the wrong liberalist ideals in its quest for power.
Alet Janse van Rensburg
Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, Mmusi Maimane and the crisis of liberalism
Pieter du Toit
When Frederlik van Zyl Slabbert resigned from the PFP in 1986 he left behind "a bewildered and confused party". And when Mmusi Maimane left the PFP's desendant, the DA, 33 years later, it was in a similar state of shock and confusion.
How Helen Zille built and broke the DA
Helen Zille grew the DA from a parochial, provincial party into a national powerhouse that doubled its support in a decade. For the first time, the party attracted serious black leaders and expanded its footprint into townships. But like many liberation leaders-turned-dictators, Zille couldn't let go of the power. So she took down the house of cards with her.
Did the DA just kill itself in the name of liberalism?
We subscribe to the Press Code.
You choose what you want
News24 on Android
Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.
Terms and Conditions
24.com Terms and Conditions - Updated April 2012
Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.
This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.