Someone please save the DA from itself

Enoch Powell famously said: “All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.”

Watching the ongoing shenanigans of the DA in Cape Town, it seems that Patricia de Lille is going to be the next casualty in the world of South African politics. 

Let me say upfront that I, like most Capetonians, don’t exactly know or understand what the truth behind all the drama is. Depending on who you talk to De Lille is either a saint or a corrupt, cantankerous dictator.  Continue reading

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11 Cape Town councillors face further investigation by DA

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille is not the only councillor in hot water with her party‚  Other high-ranking DA members are facing a probe due to political squabbles in the council.with 11 of her colleagues also facing a probe due to political squabbles in the council.

Following a meeting of the DA’s federal executive on Tuesday‚ the councillors may face a further investigation by the party’s federal legal commission.

They include high-ranking party members Shaun August (chief whip)‚ Dirk Smit (speaker)‚ Ian Neilson (deputy mayor) and Grant Twigg (Cape Metro regional chairman).

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Cosatu calls Tony Leon’s drought communications contract corruption

The Western Cape branch of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Tuesday said the contract worth R650,000 given to former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon’s company by the City of Cape Town to communicate information on the drought afflicting the city was morally corrupt, even if it passed legal muster.

“Tony Leon and an ex employee of the City of Cape Town are being paid half a million rand to tell Capetonians that it is not raining,” provincial Cosatu leader Tony Ehrenreich said in a statement.

“It seems that there are many instances where the DA members and friends are getting legal but morally corrupt contracts with the City, for millions of rands. Mayor De Lille’s sister should also be looked into as a beneficiary of this kind of legal contracts.”

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EFF storms H&M at Mall of Africa‚ yet again

Just as many South Africans were recovering from the drama caused by the Economic Freedom Fighters over the weekend‚ the red berets yet again stormed one of the biggest malls in the country‚ Mall of Africa in Midrand north of Johannesburg.

This follows several H&M stores around the country being stormed by the EFF just days after the international clothing company withdrew sales of a green hoodie with the inscription “coolest monkey in the jungle” after an ad‚ featuring a black child‚ caused a stir on social media‚ with the brand being accused of racism.

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De Lille crisis reveals DA factionalism and extreme centralisation

 

This time last year the DA had reason to be happy with their change of political fortunes.

The local government elections of 2016 had seen it take leadership of coalitions or secure cooperation arrangements in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) metros, in addition to Cape Town, which they already held.  The ANC polled just over 50% nationally. The possibility of the DA-led combination defeating the ANC, bringing its vote tally below 50% in national elections appeared realistic.

In the year that followed there have been a number of setbacks resulting from the DA’s failure to practise the skills and flexibility required to hold coalitions together, with conflict emerging especially in Nelson Mandela Bay. The result was that the DA endangered coalitions in all the metros, since the EFF threatened to withdraw support over alleged DA high handedness and the general complaint of failing to consult its allies. (See: http://www.polity.org.za/article/are-da-led-coalitions-sustainable-now-and-into-2019-2017-09-05/searchString:raymond+Suttner+DA+coalitions).

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The DA Could Lose Cape Town Through De Lille’s Mismanagement – Report

An explosive report by the DA’s top structure has stopped short of calling for Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille’s head, but says that “the instability in the City of Cape Town poses a clear and present danger to our electoral prospects in 2019”.

“…this instability in the political and administrative arenas coupled with the effects of the drought could present a toxic mix that causes a massive electoral blowout at the polls in 2019.”

The 34-page report written by a team led by the party’s chief whip at Parliament and federal executive committee member, John Steenhuisen, presents a picture of chaotic city management, nepotism and a climate of fear allegedly engendered by De Lille’s leadership style.

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Welcome to the real world, DA

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille (File, Netwerk24)

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille (File, Netwerk24)

The DA has been pretending that it is immune to the vicious contestations that take place in other parties, particularly in the ANC.

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