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The Democratic Alliance (DA), which has been in the spotlight in recent weeks, will be looking to make a statement to voters in the province they currently govern.


The GOOD Party was formed by former DA member and Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille. De Lille was ousted from the DA and her position as mayor amid a lengthy dispute between herself and the party.


The GOOD Party contested both the National and provincial elections this year, doing extremely well for a party that had only existed for a few months. Much of that popularity came from the support De Lille enjoys in Cape Town.


However, the party will try to consolidate its power in the province after a poor showing in the elections and leadership crisis that has seen senior party members resign.

High-profile resignation from the DA ranks


Herman Mashaba, Anthony Trollip and Mmusi Maimane have all resigned from the DA in the last few weeks.


Herman Mashaba and Mmusi Maimane’s departures would have been of greatest concern to the DA, with both leaders speaking out publicly about their lack of faith in the path the DA was embarking on.


Mashaba and Maimane both voiced their concern after the election of Helen Zille as Fedex Chairperson. In the wake of the high profile departures, DA councilors in the Msunduzi Municipality took the decision to resign from the party and join the ANC.


The DA will hope that the announcement that they are welcoming GOOD members into the party on 10 November helps to change the narrative during the past weeks.

Growth and support in the Western Cape


De Lille gained her seat in parliament on the back of her support from the Western Cape. However there were some grumblings when she took up the position of Cabinet Minister when President Cyril Ramaphosa named his first executive.


With De Lille’s attention split between her role as Minister of Public works and the leader her party, the DA’s announcement will call into question the ability of the rest of the party’s leadership to continue to grow its support in the Western Cape.


The new members will be welcomed to the DA by Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela, along with Western Cape deputy leader Albert Fritz, and metro chairperson Grant Twigg; along with various members of the provincial executive committee.


“Madikizela will be addressing the media in a press conference whereafter he will officially welcome the new members of the party and present them with their DA membership cards.”