An international analyst, Mara Diallo has in his latest analysis on the coming South African elections delved into the crisis allegedly consuming the Democratic Alliance, DA.

Diallo in his views believes that despite some effort by the political party to contain the crisis, it has exploded beyond control and now on the verge of denying the party the opportunity to sail through in the coming elections.

He said that not only that the crisis has caused a crack in the main opposition party, but has led to a popular hashtag #byebyeMPC which has already gone viral.

Diallo in his analysis argues:

“It was only a matter of time before the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s recent activities caused mass outrage among its coalition partners. While there may have been attempts to contain the conflict and keep it from public view until a certain point, it has now become widely known.

“This discontent has not only revealed significant cracks within the main opposition party but has also led to the proliferation of the trending hashtag #byebyeMPC on social media, representing widespread disillusionment among the coalition’s ranks and their supporters.

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“An essential moment in this drama was the leakage of a letter from the DA to the ANC, discussing potential coalition possibilities. This correspondence, made public by Zoom South Africa, was seen as a betrayal by many of the DA’s allies within the Multi-Party Charter (MPC). The letter not only questioned the DA’s commitment to its current partners but also sparked outrage over its strategic directions and transparency.

“Further exacerbating tensions was a speech by John Steenhuisen, the leader of the DA, who openly dismissed the importance of the opinions held by his party’s coalition allies regarding a controversial advertisement that featured the burning of the South African flag. Steenhuisen’s blunt admission that the DA does not consider the perspectives of other MPC parties critical highlighted a growing rift within the coalition, suggesting a unilateral approach to decision-making that undermines collaborative dynamics.

“Additionally, a viral video featuring supporters of ActionSA, a key player in the MPC, voicing their dissatisfaction with the coalition, circulated widely. This video underscored the pervasive discontent and mistrust among the coalition members, indicating a deeper malaise that could jeopardize their collective electoral prospects.

“Amid these serious allegations and confrontations, social media has become a battleground with numerous memes poking fun at Steenhuisen and the DA, illustrating their perceived disregard for voters and coalition partners. These memes, while humorous, underscore a serious issue within the coalition, highlighting disrespect and disenchantment among the electorate and within the ranks of the MPC’s own members.

“The culmination of these events and the viral nature of the #byebyeMPC hashtag indicate a profound crisis within the Multi-Party Charter. It appears that the MPC is no longer seen as a serious or cohesive entity by many, including those within its own alliance. The conflicts and public airing of grievances have undoubtedly marred the coalition’s image and could have a lasting negative impact on the election campaigns of all parties involved. The trending hashtag #byebyeMPC is not just a fleeting social media phenomenon but a stark symbol of the MPC’s potential dissolution in the face of ongoing internal discord and dissatisfaction,” he said.