Supporters fly a flag with an image of DA leader Mmusi Maimane's face on it. (File. AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH)
LEADER: Mmusi Maimane
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FIGURES: Glynnis Breytenbach, Natasha Mazzone, Alan Winde, Phumzile van Damme, John Steenhuisen.
PREVIOUS ELECTION RESULTS: The DA won 22.23% of the votes in the 2014 national elections, and 89 seats in the National Assembly.
WHAT’S ON OFFER:
Economic justice for all – rejecting the ANC’s approach to Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and land redistribution, the DA instead aims to create policies that spend tax wisely to provide better service delivery. The party intends to revamp the current BEE system to create black entrepreneurs and expand the middle class. A “Jobs Act” will also be introduced to offer tax and special incentives to companies which provide on-the-job training and internship opportunities.
The land question – the DA is opposed to expropriation of land without compensation and argues that the Constitution does not need be changed to allow for land reform. Instead, the party has prioritised urban land reform, to ensure that government-owned land is released, and claims to have created titled homeowners out of nearly 100 000 housing beneficiaries in areas where it governs.
Coalitions create a world of possibilities – the DA believes that coalitions are the key to unseating the ANC. It aims to partner with other smaller parties to completely push the ANC out of government. It is going into the elections hoping to reduce the grip of the ANC on provinces such as Gauteng, the Northern Cape, North West and possibly KwaZulu-Natal.
Bring on the IPPs – when it comes to the troubles that plague Eskom, the DA believes the answer lies with independent power producers. The party wants them to sell power to the grid to assist with Eskom’s coal shortages and debt, and for fully functioning metros in the country to acquire their energy needs directly from IPPs.
Secure South Africa’s borders – to achieve corruption-free and effective border security, as well as combat cross-border crime and undocumented migration, the DA want to increase the numbers of SANDF members who patrol the borders. To make this possible, the party wants to address corruption and inefficiency in the Department of Home Affairs.
GOING INTO ELECTIONS:
- The DA has shown steady growth over the years, from winning 2 945 829 votes in the 2009 elections, to gaining 4 002 663 in the 2014 elections. With Helen Zille at the helm, the party snatched the Western Cape from the ANC and still enjoys majority support in the province. Its popularity among black voters has also increased, making it the main opposition party to the ANC on a national level.
- The DA has been accused of rookie management mistakes, particularly in its handling of the Western Cape water crisis, its internal bickering, and Cape Town’s spatial planning which boasts one of the largest and fastest growing number of informal settlements in South Africa.
- The DA aims to become the biggest party in Gauteng and the Northern Cape, while retaining its stronghold in the Western Cape with an increased majority. They hope to loosen the ANC’s grip on provinces like the North West, and possibly KwaZulu-Natal.
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