2016-02-06 05:02

Democratic alliance has been calling itself a government in the waiting. How long are they going to be a waiting government ?  The upcoming local government election is a litmus test for the DA. They must win at least half of their targeted metros in order for them to be taken seriously.

It is speculated that the DA is growing in terms of membership especially amongst blacks,  coloureds, Indians and even youth. Analyst are saying DA have more chances of winning Johannesburg especially after announcing Herman Mashaba as a mayoral candidate. He is a successful business man  who benefited under black economic empowerment act. In Port Elizabeth they are facing a fierce competition from Danny Jordan an international known football administrator, seemingly they need a vigorous election campaign to make an impact in PE.

There are also other local municipalities where the DA it must prove itself.  If they fail to win any other metro and only retain Cape Town, their members must think twice whether DA will ever govern this country or it will only remaining as an opposition.

Democratic alliance has been given ample opportunity to prove itself that it can govern South Africa better than the ANC , for more than a decade now.   What if the DA fails to win the national elections Again ? Than it will remain as an opposition and a regional party like other opposition parties. Unfortunately if you are an opposition, you seat in opposition banches and critic everything that the current government is doing and nothing meaningful to contribute.

All DA leaders have failed to articulate the clear distinction between themselves and the ANC in terms of policies, or should voters conclude that the ANC and DA they do not differ on policies but only on implementation. They had the opportunity and the platform to do so and have failed completely. The only difference that they are emphasising whenever given the platform  is to brand the ANC government and its president as corrupt. Is that enough to woo and convince voters to vote for the DA ?

They have spent all their airtime and resources bad mouthing the ANC , instead of promoting their policies. They should use the platform to inform South African voters what difference they could make if voted into power.

Seemingly the DA has lost an eye on the ball. It is like they don't have a political strategy to tackle the ruling party. At the present moment the ANC is more vulnerable than ever before. South Africans have all the valid reasons not to vote for the ANC, while the DA is failing to position itself as the alternative .Today they are known as amicus curiae (friend of the court), as they refer all political battles to court which could have been won political and in parliament.

The ANC could have launched its local government election manifesto if it was not about double bookings at the venue, while the DA is busy preparing for the constitutional court case where the decision will be taken whether president Zuma must pay back some of the money that was used for non-security upgrades at his Nkandla home. When are they going to launch their election manifesto ?

If the DA fails to show up in this upcoming local government election, than voters should look elsewhere for the second democratic South Africa.

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