The DA is drowning in a soup of politics, patronage and predators

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The DA is drowning in a soup of politics, patronage and predators

Amid all the noise, we have to ask the DA: is that it? A sponsored Fortuner, and maybe a rental in the burbs?

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When you have decided to make it your life’s work to swim with sharks, is it wise, shortly before you dive in, to allow someone to massage you with fish guts and human blood? I don’t know. Clearly Mmusi Maimane doesn’t either. 

As great whites (and some much less impressive whites) begin to circle, following the trail of political lifeblood seeping out of the hole in Maimane’s reputation, his supporters are treading water hard. If he accepted a car sponsored by Steinhoff, they insist, it was before anyone knew that Steinhoff was crooked, and besides, it wasn’t a personal gift but more of a general freebie tossed into the communal DA pool of goodies. 

They’re fair comments but they ignore the bleeding elephant seal in the room: Maimane has built an entire brand, both for himself and his party, that insists he and it are more virtuous than SA’s other political parties, where predators have blurred the line between politics and patronage. Private, mutual back-scratching, the DA endlessly insists, is the preserve of the ANC, not the sleaze-busting champions of righteousness in blue. ..

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