The Democratic Alliance edition

Monday was undoubtedly an eventful day. But amid all the glitches, the rain and the protests, a lot happened with the Democratic Alliance that we thought deserved its own election wrap. 

🔹What’s an election without some drama? Video footage shows a policeman forcefully pulling Zille out of a voting station in Bethelsdorp, Gqeberha after ANC observers accused her of canvassing voters in the queue. She claims she was asking people not to be discouraged by long waiting times, alleging that people had been waiting for hours, and blamed the IEC for the delays. Zille has opened a case of assault against the policeman. 

🔹Early projections show the DA losing ground in councils across the country. Instead of taking these losses gracefully, party leader John Steenhuisen has shrugged them off and, in true Steenhuisen style, opted to blame former leader Mmusi Maimane, who resigned a whole two years ago. Maimane has moved on, but the DA is clutching onto him like it’s a spiteful ex that can’t let go. A quick recap: Maimane was effectively forced to resign after a 2019 internal report by former leaders laid the blame for the party’s drop in support during those polls squarely at his door. The big question is whether Steenhuisen will face the same consequences.   

🔹The DA secured all wards in Phoenix, where it put up those super contentious posters that got tongues wagging. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 4 November 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.