Tuesday 14th May, 2019
May 14, (Xinhua/GNA) - South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA),
blaming its electoral decline on the rise of populism and nationalism, say it
The DA got
20.77 percent of the votes in May 8 elections, down from the 22.2 percent it
garnered in 2014.
faced with internal challenges and significant changes in the political
landscape, the rise nationalism on both the left and the right," DA
Federal Chairperson Athol Trollip said.
internally and externally there were matters we had to grapple with."
"We will be the first to state that these factors had a role to play in
our electoral fortunes," he said.
holding the moderate non-racial center ground, an important position in the
rise of populism," Trollip said.
leadership takes collective responsibility for the outcomes of elections, he
said, adding that some organizational structuring will be taken to revive the
will be a review of the organizational structure and how we can best operate as
a party that occupies governments that serve around 15-million people, and the
way we campaign," Trollip said.
He said the DA
will start preparing for the next local government elections, scheduled for