By Steven Grootes
It is no understatement to claim that the DA has had a bad start to 2018. Even the party’s best spin doctors would agree with that. There has been a parade of bad headlines, just as its arch-rival, the ANC, appears to be getting its act together. With probably around a year or so to go until the next election, there are many who are proclaiming, or advocating for, the end of the DA. While the party is certainly in a worse position than it was for most of 2017, it is also premature to write it off as a serious contender for significant political power, as it has what many other political parties lack: a core constituency.