The Democratic Alliance (DA) is the newest political party in South Africa. Formed in 1998, the DA is a coalition of different political parties. The DA's main focus is on social and economic justice. They believe that the government should work to improve the lives of all South Africans, not just those in power.
The democratic alliance has had some success in recent elections. In March 2004, they won 47 out of 200 seats in the Parliament of South Africa. In May 2009, they won 54 out of 210 seats. They are currently the largest opposition party in Parliament.
The DA was founded by F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. De Klerk was the president of South Africa during the time that apartheid was ending and Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. The DA is dedicated to continuing the work that De Klerk and Mandela started when they were in power.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is a political party in South Africa. The DA was formed in 1998 as the successor to the Progressive Federal Party, which had been the largest political party in South Africa since the early 1990s. The DA is described as "centrist", and its leader, Mmusi Maimane, has been described as a "moderate".
The DA has been in coalition governments with the African National Congress (ANC) since the early 2000s. In 2013, the DA broke away from the ANC and formed a coalition with other minor parties to form a minority government. The coalition was unsuccessful in passing key reforms, and was defeated by the ANC at the 2014 elections.