Kohler Barnard issue is a dilemma for DA - analyst

The DA's decision to reinstate Dianne Kohler Barnard's membership has sparked a debate about the party's transformation agenda.

Da leader Mmusi Maimane said the party had taken the strongest action it could by suspending her membership.

Tessa van Staden, standing in for Stephen Grootes, spoke to political analyst Somadoda Fiken about what this means for the party's political fortunes.

Listen to the interview below:

...Perhaps the DA might have reacted strongly in a disproportionate manner instead of deliberating carefully but sending a strong signal that this was unacceptable.

Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst

This particular action is a dilemma for the DA. If they went ahead and expelled her, some of the insiders would have been aggrieved... The DA is trying to reconcile its existing traditional white base while expanding the black base. They have to do that without alienating those who are inside... and the funders.

Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst

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