- May 11, 2011
https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/politics/2123019/da-faction-considering-a-split-report/Any proposed split will only take place after May 8’s elections, if it happens at all.
Disputes over policy have resulted in senior members of the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), considering breaking away to form a new political party, Bloomberg reports.
The publication alleges that some within the DA feel certain policies show a shift away from the party’s liberal roots.
The emphasis on the securing of South Africa’s borders, as well as internal conflict over the party’s handling of black economic empowerment, are cited as examples of this.
According to Bloomberg, the proposed split has advanced to the stage that talks about securing funding for a new party have already been held. Any plans for a split will, however, be put off until after the May 8 elections.
The publication suggests there’s a “strong chance” that the faction will choose to try to change the DA internally rather than splitting.
According to DA national spokesperson Solly Malatsi, however, Bloomberg’s claims of a proposed split “are wholly incorrect.”