Why the DA?

The DA is the most diverse and dynamic party in South Africa. We are the only party to have grown in every election since 1994. But, more importantly, we are the only party with a credible, proven plan to create real jobs. Where we govern, we have delivered the country’s best performance scores in education, health, service delivery and clean governance. Everything we do is underpinned by one goal: to fight poverty and create jobs by growing the economy. Find out why more than one in four South Africans are choosing the DA as their political home by clicking the links below.

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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.