The party is beset by internal jockeying for positions with party leader Mmusi Maimane’s position at risk, Helen Zille and Athol Trollip vying for the position of federal chairperson and its Cape Town Metro caucus at each other's throats.
Firstly there was an attempt to get rid of caucus leader Grant Twigg, a motion which he survived, and on Monday a motion to get rid of deputy caucus leader JP Smith failed when it was withdrawn.
Amanda Gouws from the political science department at Stellenbosch University said the public spats were becoming a mess for the party.
“The DA is struggling with a leadership problem and a race problem. And the party has shown itself that it is not integrated and that there is no space for black leadership.”