Opinion

DA's failures bad for the party — and the country

15 November 2020 - 00:00 By Sunday Times Editorial

The 2016 local government elections were a turning point in South African politics. The governing party's majority was reduced below 50% in key metros, making way for coalitions. This was necessary after the arrogance in the ANC. The electorate sent a message to Luthuli House that unless the party dealt with the rot in its structures and among those deployed in the government, it could be removed through the ballot.

At the time, opposition parties put their differences aside to work together. It is now history that those coalitions collapsed, but at least Luthuli House got the message. There was an expectation - at least among those South Africans who wanted to hold our leaders accountable - that the opposition would build on those gains...

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