The DA’s internal polls indicate that the party could govern Gauteng in 2019 – but the party is facing internal fighting not dissimilar to that of the ANC.
This is according to current Gauteng DA leader John Moodey, who told City Press this week that internal polls placed the DA in the early 40s percentile.
This is an increase from the 31% won in the 2014 general elections, which would require the party to govern through a coalition.
Although the internal polls fluctuate, they have placed the DA in the late 40s percentile, with 51% being its highest percentage in recent months.
This has emboldened the party which already governs in the Western Cape; however internal fighting has marred the results, the report said.
While the battle between Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ad Cyril Ramaphosa has caught the public eye at a national level, the DA leaders who will emerge from next week’s much-anticipated congress will also be responsible for helping steer the party to victory.
According to the City Press this has led to deep divisions between Moodey and his opponent, Ghaleb Cachalia.
The infighting came to ahead this past week after a series of “leaked” emails indicated that membership audits in the province were not in order.
The fighting in Gauteng follows an ugly Western Cape provincial conference, with KwaZulu-Natal headed for a congress early next year.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane is expected to be re-elected, uncontested.
You can read the full story in today’s City Press.