How to shoot yourself in the foot, DA style

2019-10-28 13:29
Former DA leader Mmusi Maimane during day 1 of the 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2019 debate at the National Assembly on February 12, 2019 in Cape Town. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Esa Alexander)

Former DA leader Mmusi Maimane during day 1 of the 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2019 debate at the National Assembly on February 12, 2019 in Cape Town. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Esa Alexander)

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Eish, you guys reached your pinnacle in the last local government elections. There was no higher you could climb without more black voters. Mmusi Maimane knew that and needed to do what had to be done to get it. Did you make him leader as a façade or did you really want him to grow the vote in black communities? Communities who were slowly starting to believe that the DA might just be that party for all, that could actually deliver – something they were also starting to see and believe the ANC cannot do.

So you lost a few hundred thousand right wing voters to the FF+ in the last election ... so what? Good riddance! That was giving you the credit to grow the black vote going forward – on a plate. You needed to play on that, in order to convince even more black voters that you are not a white party, but a centre party for all. Your chances of growing in that area never looked better – if you handled it right.

Instead, you would prefer to lose your credit among black people in order to win those white voters back - why? Now you have chased most of your black voters back to the ANC or to the EFF – well done!

Never mind shooting yourself in the foot – you just shot yourself in the head. I predict that you will lose even more votes in the next election, than you lost in the last. You've certainly lost mine.

Sean Beukes

Roseban

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