DA manifesto may alienate Afrikaners, other minorities

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- citizen.co.za | 8 months ago

The Democratic Alliance’s manifesto has little to offer minority groups, its traditional support base, and this could be its undoing at the polls as there may be a lot of dissatisfaction with it, a political scientist has warned.

Professor André Duvenhage from North-West University’s political science department, said the party’s traditional support base – white voters, coloureds and Indians – had special needs, which the party failed to take into consideration in its manifesto. “Let’s say I am an Afrikaner male (which, coincidentally, he actually is) who is getting very negative in my workplace environment as a result of, among other factors, black economic empowerment and so forth: what is the party offering to that constituency?” he asked.

Duvenhage said there were lots of grievances among minority groups, who feel the DA is now too like the ANC on BEE, and that its liberal identity did not feature prominently in the party’s manifesto for the 2019 general elections.

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