The DA has done a disservice to itself, John Steenhuisen and Mbali Ntuli by not allowing the two leadership candidates to debate publicly, writes David Gant.
Unless the DA, by consistently shooting itself in the foot, makes space for another contender, there is no political party that can come close to beating the ANC at the polls. Yet the DA seems intent on stretching the loyalty of its traditional and potential supporters to the limit.
Their latest use of internal party rules and regulations to deny South Africans the opportunity to hear the views of those contesting leadership roles within the party, is shortsighted in the extreme.
Having regard to the incompetence and dismal performance from most of the current crop of politicians in our country, mainly from the ANC and EFF, and the mess into which they have led the country, South Africans are yearning for the emergence of young political players who treat politics as a vocation and who exhibit the characteristics of vision, reality, courage and integrity so desperately needed in our political establishments - people who have their feet firmly on the ground and can connect with the electorate where it counts and garner their support.
If the DA leadership is serious about convincing voters that it has such a team of competent and capable individuals who can perform appropriately as the government of our country, then it must vigorously publicly promote and advance the qualities and promise of those individuals within and outside of the party.
Irrespective of the admirable qualities of John Steenhuisen and his undoubted leadership ability, the party has done itself, its supporters and, specifically, Mbali Ntuli a massive disservice by disallowing her to openly share her views with the party and the public at large.
- David Gant, Kenilworth (Former chairperson of the Democratic Party federal council and executive).
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