Maimane: We can't be content being voice of minorities, need to broaden appeal

2019-10-18 18:14

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the party must broaden its appeal to "attract more black South Africans".

A case of master vs teacher for the soul of the DA

2019-10-18 07:55

Imagine a martial arts movie where a student becomes the teacher, and then an old master returns to reclaim the throne, only it's not a throne but South Africa's second largest political party, the DA, and the battle for its soul.

The two dark horses in the race for DA federal council chair

2019-10-18 06:03

Many inside and outside of DA circles believe the race for federal council leader is mainly between two of the party's heavyweights, although some within feel Thomas Walters and Mike Waters may have a fighting chance.

'They are cowards, we will not run away' - DA's Bhanga after Bobani no-confidence motion canned

2019-10-17 17:20

Opposition parties looking to remove Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani attempted for two hours to force through a cancelled council sitting, where a motion of no confidence in the mayor was meant to be held.

DA leaders pulled from public debate ahead of federal council vote

2019-10-16 15:23

The DA's presiding officer of federal council elections, Desiree van der Walt, has written to four of the party's candidates to stop to public campaigning for the role.

Getting the DA right more important than leadership squabbles - Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi

2019-10-14 10:13

DA members must grapple with serious questions regarding the party’s role in the country, says Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi.

DA FedEx has 'extensive engagement' on draft report on election showing

2019-10-11 18:36

After the DA's federal executive had an "extensive engagement" on the draft report on the organisational review panel after its poor showing in the 2019 general elections, the party warned against the "unauthorised dissemination" of the report, saying it will not be commenting on its contents.

POLITICS PODCAST | The comeback kids: Helen Zille and Zandile Gumede want another bite at the leadership cherry

2019-10-11 14:03

This week on POLOTIKI, the DA's internal politics are in the spotlight again. Listen.

Luyolo Mphithi: The DA is not in crisis, it is coming of age

2019-10-11 07:00

Never before has the DA had to deal with a conversation of what it's offer is and how it speaks to all South Africans. This is because the DA has become a serious political contender which wasn't the case previously, writes Luyolo Mphithi.

SA urged to take swift action against the Guptas as US piles on pressure

2019-10-10 22:30

South African authorities must crack the whip on the Gupta family, say opposition parties as the US moved to blacklist the controversial brothers and their associate Salim Essa.


Steven Friedman: Liberalism in SA isn't only for white people – or black people who want to be white

2019-10-18 08:56

Black liberalism in South Africa is not a contradiction in terms. A party which expresses it could become an important fixture in the country’s politics, writes Steven Friedman.

DA Federal Council - How delegates will elect a new FedCo chairperson

2019-10-18 07:40

A total of 155 DA members will gather its Johannesburg headquarters at the weekend to deliberate on a panel review report on the state of the party as well as to elect a new federal chairperson.

ANC to DA: Back off and let government fix Eskom

2019-10-17 18:26

A DA petition to support a plan for saving Eskom had over 69 000 signatures by early on Thursday evening. But the ANC called this "desperate measures" by the DA to "hijack the electricity situation in the country for political point scoring".

Waters believes his 'non-racial, classical liberal' agenda gaining traction for top DA job

2019-10-17 07:32

DA federal chairperson candidate Mike Waters says the race for the position is much closer than many people expect.

DA Cape Town motion of no confidence against JP Smith suspended

2019-10-14 17:52

The DA Cape Town caucus deputy leader JP Smith dodged a motion of no confidence after it was withdrawn.

Douglas Gibson: DA election this week to make or break the party

2019-10-14 05:00

It seems unlikely that Mmusi Maimane will stand down as DA leader. He is far more likely to fight for and win this week's election, but the consequences could well be a nasty split along racial lines, setting the DA back for years, writes Douglas Gibson.

US govt doing more to fight state capture than Ramaphosa - DA's Mazzone

2019-10-11 16:48

Action the US government has recently taken shows what can be done when there is political will to steer South Africa in the right direction, the DA's Natasha Mazzone says.

Zuma has a case to answer to - DA comments on dismissal of stay of prosecution bid

2019-10-11 12:43

The DA has welcomed the decision of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg to dismiss former president Jacob Zuma’s application for a permanent stay of prosecution, maintaining that there is a case he has to answer to.

ANALYSIS | Race, redress and liberalism: How the DA lost its way

2019-10-11 06:00

Helen Zille’s return to DA politics is an unabashed challenge to the Mmusi Maimane doctrine. There are stark differences between two prevailing schools of thought in the party. Only one will survive, writes Pieter du Toit.

Mixed bag for the DA as its federal executive meets ahead of federal council next week

2019-10-10 19:33

The DA will sit for its first of two crucial meetings on Friday that could change the shape and direction of the party going forward.

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