Party factionalism is not peculiar to the governing African National Congress (ANC) alone, even the Democratic Alliance has its own internal divisions.
This is according to a political analyst David Maimela who revealed that the issue of factionalism in the DA has always existed, but it’s only now being widely reported in the media.
Explaining further, Maimela said just as the level of factionalism in the Democratic Alliance is not akin to that of the African National Congress, (ANC) most political parties do have a phenomenon of factionalism and the level of division or factionalism actually varies from time to time.
“The first one being factionalism based on ideological divisions about policy perspectives and ideas that the party must represent and pursue – and the second one based on contestation of positions and personalities….” he said.
The question about the level of factionalism South Africa’s main opposition was sparked by the on-going rift between the party’s top leaders, Patricia De Lille the Mayor of Cape Town JP Smith, the city’s mayoral committee member for safety, security and social services.
The two have been suspended from participating in any of the party’s activities pending the time the party’s investigative committee ends its investigation into their matter.
Bonginkosi Madikizela was elected the new leader of the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape at the province’s elective congress held in Goodwood, Cape Town on Saturday also confirmed that the factionalism in the DA is doing more harm than good to the party especially at the time it needed to stand firm against the governing ANC.
In his victory speech, Madikizela stressed that the party must rid itself of factionalism and remain strong and united against the waging political storms moving around South Africa.
Madikizela has been acting in the position since January after Patricia de Lille left it to become the Cape Town City mayor.