- DA Gauteng premier candidate, Solly Msimanga, said the DA made a mistake by spending too much time slamming the ANC
- He said the party should rather have worked on communicating its merits to voters
- However, Msimanga added that he did not think Mmusi Maimane was solely to blame for the party's decrease in support in this election
The DA's Gauteng premier candidate, Solly Msimanga, has said that the party's criticism of the ANC and EFF could have cost them votes.
Msimanga set he was disappointed by party's electoral performance in the province, especially after his exhaustive campaigning.
Msimanga also suggested that the DA's handling of the Patricia De Lille saga may have hurt it at the polls.
While Msimanga - who was formerly the mayor of Tshwane - has been unsuccessful in his premier bid, he is expected to take up a position in the Gauteng legislature or even Parliament.
Nevertheless, Msimanga said that the DA would need to do serious reflection following its performance in this year's election, which saw its portion of the national vote shrink from 22.3% to 20.77%, according to The Citizen.
There has already been speculation that DA leader Mmusi Maimane will come under fire from his party for its showing in this election. However, Msimanga said that the blame for the DA's slip in votes was not Maimane's alone.
"I don't think it would be fair to blame Maimane for everything that has happened," he said. Rather, Msimanga suggested that the DA take "collective responsibility" for the election setback.
Additionally, Msimanga stressed that the DA needed to work on how it communicates with voters in future, repeating his assertion that they spent too much time bashing the ANC rather than communicating their own merits, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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