Why you don’t have to vote for the DA (Democratic Alliance): Part 1

I initially attempted to write this in one post, but then I realized it might be a bit much for the casual reader. So this is a two part series which consist of two posts:

  1. Why you don’t have to vote for the DA (Democratic Alliance): Part 1
    In this part I address the common misconception that conservatives have in believing they have to vote for the DA, and that this is the only option.
  2. Why you shouldn’t vote for the DA (Democratic Alliance): Part 2
    Here I get down to the flaws of the DA and their policies, and why no conservative should vote for them.

Now there may be some of you who, off the bat, will ask the question: Why do you target the DA? Why not the ANC? My response: Really? There is absolutely no reason to try and explain to any clear-minded person why not to vote for the ANC, the ANC themselves are on the forefront of showing everyone why you should not vote for them. The whole world in fact is asking questions about why SA is still voting for the ANC, so I have no need to go into that as well.

I have observed under some of the most conservative people I know, a trend of voting for the DA. A feeling of hopelessness, the feeling that there is no other option. I believe this is unnecessary and wrong. That is why I would like to address all those conservative people now.

So let me start off by saying this: I support the DA in various areas, but I won’t vote for them. There is a very important difference. If the coach of the national rugby/soccer team chooses a player whom I would not have chosen – were I in his shoes – I would still support that player on game day against any rival. I would also like to cite the Arabic proverb: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. I may not agree with the DA on various issues, but I would rather have them govern South Africa than the ANC, solely based on their better administrative record.

That being said, I will now again address the countless conservatives who have been led to believe that you have to vote for the DA in order to “stand against the ANC”.

The main reason why most people believe that you have to vote for the DA, is because they are the largest opposition party, and they have a good administrative record. They believe that you have to be large in order to stand against the ANC, or else you will not be heard or make an impact. Now there is a very common misconception right here. The problem is that most citizens apparently do not understand how our democracy works, so let me explain the basics.

In all levels of government – municipal, provincial and national – the legislature is made up of a mixture of political party representatives, proportionally to the amounts of votes that those parties received out of the total. The leading party or leading coalition will be the main governing board – the mayor, premier or president – and they choose their main governing team. All legislature made on that level has to be voted on by all parties. So if there is any law to be made in any level of government, the party you voted for will have a say on whether it is passed or not. Your party also has the power to bring a bill to the legislature for voting.

Now some people still don’t get it at this point, so I will further explain:
If the ANC or any other party comes up with some law that will destroy the country, then all the other parties will vote against it anyway, as if they were one party. This is what happened with “The Protection of State Information Bill” for example. So whether the party up there voting is the DA or any other party really doesn’t matter. When it comes to other non-conservative legislature though, like “Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act”, then you would want your conservative party to be voting for your views, and not the DA. So we see here that the “bigger” a party is has no impact on standard legislature in the current political environment, but if there are not enough conservatives voting conservatively, then we will end up with a lot of liberal left laws, which in turn will destroy healthy family/community life and the economy.

So what about who governs? Do you have to vote for the DA in Gauteng in the next election, because they are the only party who has a chance of winning the ANC to govern the province?
What would happen if the ANC got less than 50% of the vote, and the DA got less than the ANC still? The same thing that has happened every time in the past: The DA will form a coalition with other parties in order to be the majority, and doing so, govern the municipality. This is what happened for example in Cape Town in the 2006 municipal elections (and various others) – the DA needed to form a coalition with smaller parties to be able to govern – so they struck up a deal with the ACDP, which was at that time the third largest party. The end result was that the ACDP had the vice-mayor position in the Cape Town, leaving them with more power than even the ANC in the metro.

So we see that any party you vote for will have it’s impact. If you just vote for the liberal left, then that is what you will get – like the (official) annual naked bicycle ride in Cape Town, or our legalized abortion law. If you however vote for the conservative parties, then they will vote for your values in legislature, and be a voice of reason in the decision making chambers.

Any party large enough to have representation, can and will impact South Africa, it is the way our democracy is set up. Our small ACDP has championed the conservative view in parliament, and they will continue doing so. You don’t have to vote for the DA, for any reason, you can vote for your conservative party of choice, be it ACDP, FF+ or whichever may rise in the future.

Stay tuned for my following post: Why you shouldn’t vote for the DA (Democratic Alliance): Part 2



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12 thoughts on “Why you don’t have to vote for the DA (Democratic Alliance): Part 1

  1. nape kekana August 19, 2013 at 11:53 Reply

    I better die 2 vote for DA ,we lost too many lives to reach were we ar now


  2. Antoinette DiployÈr August 19, 2013 at 13:35 Reply

    As a Christian I can not vote for the DA as they stand for abortion and same sex marriage.


    • Joshua Habert May 7, 2014 at 16:16 Reply

      Thats amusing, well done


  3. […] Why you don’t have to vote for the DA (Democratic Alliance): Part 1 In this part I address the common misconception that conservatives have in believing they have to vote for the DA, and that this is the only option. […]


  4. Jeanette Gouws August 27, 2013 at 14:11 Reply

    Hopefully this will debunk the DA propagated myth that if you don’t vote for them you make the ANC stronger.


    • Nico Smit August 27, 2013 at 14:22 Reply

      Hopefully, yes. The DA created the concept of a “strong opposition”, but in our mulit-party democracy, there is no such thing. There is only the ruling party and the rest. Unfortunately most people I talk to still do not understand this principal. We need to spread the word. If you agree with the article then please share it on your social networks using the buttons below the article.


  5. malcolm November 25, 2013 at 08:58 Reply

    Thank you for sharing the truth. I’m no conservative, which your article seems mostly targeted at, but it annoys me greatly that the DA keeps spreading this lie, and it’s one of the reasons I will *not* vote for them.
    It is great to see that others out there share the same opinion.


    • Nico Smit February 8, 2014 at 17:32 Reply

      Thanks. It’s always wonderful to me when the left and right can united around one thing… truth 🙂


  6. Ricki Allardice February 11, 2014 at 10:28 Reply

    I am more scared of the conservatives than the ANC. Conservatives make decisions based on religion more often than not. Which is usually devoid of logic and reason. Then again I am a leftist.


    • Nico Smit February 11, 2014 at 10:48 Reply

      You should read up on Conservative politics in the world a bit more. In USA, Germany, Russia etc. religion has very little to do with the political implementation. Both the left and right political stand-point are based on certain premisses.

      Broadly speaking, the left believes people are inherently good, and if given the opportunity, will do good. Whereas the right is of the believe that people are evil, and if given the opportunity, will do evil. Thus the right builds in fail-safes to protect those trying to do good from those doing evil. (Eg. self defence laws, capital/corporal punishment, free market, less government intervention etc). The left opens up everything on the premise that all will then flourish (Social welfare, human rights, less police interference, more government intervention).

      More religious people are thus sometimes drawn to the conservative side, because the world-view and policies resonate with them more. But there is a difference between conservative governance (separation of church and state) and theocracy. South Africa has never been a theocracy, and probably will never be in our time.


  7. David baines September 30, 2014 at 23:38 Reply

    In the last elections, one in five South Africans voted for the DA. They received a larger portion of the black vote than four other parties combined. There is no stopping the DA’s growth, while the ANC is beginning to be seen for what it is, an increasingly corrupt, irrelevant “liberation” movement, headed by a president who helps himself to state assets for his own aggrandizement. I’d rather see the DA in power any day than the dangerous nationalist, Julius Malema.


    • Nico Smit October 2, 2014 at 06:41 Reply

      Compared to 2009, the ANC has shrunk, and the DA has grown. But if you compare the latest election results to the 2011 municipal elections (the previous one), you will see that not much has changed. The ANC has stopped shrinking for the most part, and the DA has stopped growing. The DA exhausted it’s base of non-black voters, and despite their massive attempts at wooing black voters, seemed unsuccessful in the last election.


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