Why the DA?

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is the biggest opposition party and the second largest party in South Africa. We are the most diverse and dynamic party, and the only one to have grown in every election since 1994. The DA Received 22.2% of the votes in the National Assembly elections in 2014, and 26.9% in the 2016 Local Government Elections. But, more importantly, we are the only party with a credible, proven plan to create real jobs. Our dream for South Africa is of One Nation with One Future built on Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity for All, living together under the Constitution in peace, security and prosperity, with opportunity and recognition for all the rainbow people. Find out why more than one in four South Africans are choosing the DA as their political home by browsing the links on the right of this page.

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Why the DA?


Our vision is grounded on the defence, promotion and extension of the following principles:

  • The fundamental rights and freedoms of every person – including the right to freedom of conscience, speech, association, and movement;
  • The rejection of unfair discrimination on any grounds and the redress of past discrimination;
  • The supremacy of the South African Constitution and the rule of law;
  • The language, cultural and religious rights of individuals and the communities they create through free association;
  • Equality before the law;
  • The separation of legislative, executive and judicial power;
  • A judiciary, justice system and prosecuting authority that is independent;
  • Elections that are regular, free and fair;
  • Representative and accountable government elected on the basis of universal adult suffrage;
  • The devolution of power to locate government as close as possible to the people;
  • The clear division between the ruling party and the state;
  • Respect for the right of a vibrant civil society and a free media to function independently;
  • The rejection of violence and intimidation as a political instrument;
  • The right of all people to private ownership and to participate freely in the market economy;
  • The progressive realisation of access to housing, health services and social security for all people who are unable to help themselves;
  • The protection and conservation of the environment;
  • The right of all people to protection by the state from crime and violence;
  • Access to education and training.