DA battle about racial identity

Political Analyst Ebrahim Fakir says sixth Democratic Alliance (DA) Federal Congress is going to be a battle for the identity and leadership of the party.

The DA is all set to hold its sixth federal congress this weekend in Port Elizabeth. The congress is the highest decision-making body of the party.

This weekend the congress will elect a new federal leadership and make amendments to the party’s Constitution.

The coloured Wilmot James and black Mmusi Maimane are the frontrunners for the position of federal leader.

Speaking on AM Live, Fakir says the DA is grappling with issues of identity. He says identity matters because it shapes what the party wants to achieve.

Fakir says there is likely to be a contestation between two people for leadership who do not have a long pedigree in the party.

Coloureds vote for the DA in the Western Cape, but the party is struggling to win black votes in Gauteng.

Meanwhile, Maimane’s white wife, Natalie Thomas, has emerged as the power behind the throne, saying the mixed couple are the only ones able to “contribute” to South Africa.

She also tweeted on behalf of her husband about recent sex-ring allegations.