- The Democratic Alliance is set to cut jobs at various operations across South Africa
- This comes after the party failed to perform well in the May 2018 elections
- Donors have been holding back funding, resulting in a financial squeeze for the opposition party
The Democratic Alliance has taken a knock after suffering a blow in the most recent general elections.
TimesLIVE reports that this has left the opposition party forced to reduce staff, with claims that donors are holding back funding.
In a letter to staff members last week, Democratic Alliance chief executive officer Paul Boughey wrote:
“Following a very difficult election period, the party is regrettably not in a position to pay bonuses this year. We will, however, have an extended ex gratia period in lieu of this."
Solly Malatsi, national spokesperson for the party, is adamant that it is normal for the party to review operations in sync with the electoral cycle:
“This is the process currently underway. We also constantly evolve our systems to make them as efficient as possible. In this context, and in the face of a weakening economy, we are in the process of restructuring our operations in line with the relevant legislative and other requirements."
Briefly.co.za reported that party leader Mmusi Maimane had taken full responsibility for the group's loss of voter support.
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