SA's white liberals chose white politics in 1968. And chose it again in 2019

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South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), is reeling from self-inflicted political damage.

Its newly elected interim party leader John Steenhuisen recently appealed to his colleagues to “stop the political hara-kiri that’s going on in the DA – pulling out entrails to show everybody”. This follows the departure of two more prominent black members, former party leader Mmusi Maimane and outgoing Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, apart from national chair Athol Trollip, who is white.

Other black members the party has shed in the recent past include Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, forced out last year, and former parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, who left under duress in 2014.

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