Party leader Mmusi Maimane briefed the media on the outcomes of the DA's federal council meeting held in Cape town this weekend.
Political analyst Daniel Silke said the DA's performance at the polls would most likely be what determines Mmusi Maimane’s future as leader.
It was the council's last meeting before the elections, which President Cyril Ramaphosa announced will take place on May 8, and the DA leader is in a bullish mood.
Addressing the media in Cape Town on Sunday morning, a visibly buoyant Maimane said the DA's Federal Council unanimously adopted the party’s manifesto which will officially be launched on February 23 at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.
On this day in 1990, the late statesman Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison in the Western Cape, after 27 years behind bars for his fight against Apartheid.
The manifesto, which was announced by DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Sunday, has redress as a pillar and states that race is a proxy for disadvantage in South Africa.
De Lille served as Cape Town mayor from 2011 before resigning last year after a protracted legal battle with the Democratic Alliance (DA).
"Nine nominees went through a competitive selection process that included an assessment tool specially designed for GOOD by an independent industrial psychologist."
Patricia de Lille is the party's choice for Western Cape premier, while Lehlohonolo Mtshali is the Gauteng candidate.
In his address to members of the diplomatic corps, party representatives and members of the media, Maimane covered most of his recent criticisms of the ANC – that South Africa doesn't need a new bus driver, but a new bus, and that liberation movem...
He hit out at the government for having a “backwards mentality” towards business and growth and dismissed their manifesto for being full of “cheap populism and empty promises”.
Natalie Maimane is also at her husband's side, looking fresh in a crisp white jumpsuit perfect for Thursday’s sweltering Cape Town heat.
“Small business owner, Nawaz Sablay, told me that Eskom’s failure to provide power has resulted in his produce spoiling due to irregular refrigeration, and production stops.