The Democratic Alliance has been doing everything it can think of to attract more African voters to their movement, so why haven't they succeeded? Dr Nic Spaull feels that the party's 62% white leadership may be the root of the problem.
The Democratic Alliance has managed to secure their position as the opposition party, second only to the ANC.
With impressive audits and a relatively smooth run at the helm of the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces, one can't help but wonder why the party has not enjoyed a massive influx of supporters.
Dr Nic Spaull, director of Funda Wande and a senior researcher at Stellenbosch University, feels that the answer lies in the demographic makeup of the party's members of Parliament, reports The Citizen.
This year's list, boasing 59% of white candidates, is only down 3% from 2018's 62% and Spaull insists that this is the biggest hindrance to the party's progress:
‘"Most] Black people don’t trust the DA… who can blame them, when a party’s leaders are 62% white and 67% male?"
Spaull argued that black citizens make up 79% of the national populace and a victorious election was not possible without appealing to the majority:
“Most South Africans still think race is a really important feature of South African society, something that’s understandable given that that’s what the apartheid government used to differentially legislate, allocate, reward and punish for half a century."
The expert issued a stern warning to the Democratic Alliance either change with the times or regress into irrelevance:
“Get with the programme or be content to keep 20-something percent of the vote forever.”
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