ANALYSIS | At the crossroads: DA to choose the safer gamble this weekend
While Steenhuisen is likely to be elected leader in two days, his toughest battles seem to lie ahead
The battle for the soul of the DA is set to be decided this weekend when party delegates elect new leaders after months of internal campaigning.
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga believes the conference should not be seen as just another routine election but rather a referendum on the party’s identity.
“There is already an understanding that this is the DA pronouncing where it’s going, in terms of identity politics. Those who want to take the DA into a particular trajectory where they don’t even want to entertain affirmative action and race ... [Helen] Zille and Steenhuisen represent that way of thinking, they represent what is beginning to be understood as a particular shift of the DA,” said Mathekga...