A guide on how to botch a political union in less than a week

A guide on how to botch a political union in less than a week

Agang SA’s Mamphela Ramphele (left) and the DA’s Helen Zille showed us how not to do things in SA politics. (Gallo) Agang SA’s Mamphela Ramphele (left) and the DA’s Helen Zille showed us how not to do things in SA politics. (Gallo) " Undemocratic." "Premature." "An act of desperation."  And my personal favourite, " a joint mistake ".  The aborted Agang SA-Democratic Alliance (DA) partnership has been called many things. But mostly it is a monumental disappointment. The so-called realignment of South African politics failed and we are back to where we started: faced with a ruling party that has increasingly let us down, with no opposition strong enough to challenge them. And it’s depressing.  Where did it go so wrong? Here’s my take: 

> Don’t read the fine print
Two facts to consider here: The DA’s constitution stipulates that a candidate on its list has to be a member of the party. Agang SA’s interim constitution states that a party member may not hold dual membership of it and another party. It’s a pretty straight-forward contradiction and a hurdle you think Mamphela Ramphele would have considered, given that she formed her party long after she started talking […]

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