The Democratic Alliance cannot win the 2019 national elections on its own, says former party leader Helen Zille.

One must never project the outcome of a local government election onto a national election, she said when asked if the party would win the 2019 elections.

“Not on our own. We did well in local government elections because the ANC voters stayed away in droves. But how can we make sure the people who stayed away come to the polls and vote for us?” she said speaking in Cape Town.

The former DA leader, who was succeeded by Mmusi Maimane, also discussed party dynamics and the realignment of SA politics in the face of “ANC disintegration”.

There would come a time in the country when the struggle would not be one between black and white, she believes, but a struggle between blue, yellow and red economic policies.

Following the local government elections the DA had to form minority governments that depend on the support of the Economic Freedom Fighters, and they could fall at any point, should the EFF decide against voting with the DA.

“If we want to stay in power, we have to rely on the support of the EFF, which is very dangerous. Currently the EFF are determined not to have the ANC in power, but that might change at any point.”

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