The party needed to change the name, saying it was no longer an alternative to the governing party Western Cape DA leader Bonginkosi Madikizela said.
The provincial leader said on Monday that he would no longer challenge for the position of DA leader when the party goes to a conference in May.
Madikizela previously revealed he was thinking of applying for the position.
He said that while he would not fight for the position of DA leader in May, he wanted the next leader to prioritize to change the name of the party.
“We really need to rebrand the party and [become] a party that is acceptable to many South Africans and position ourselves as an alternative to the current ruling party and right now, given the challenges that we are facing, we are not that party.”
He said that the organization’s issues started a while ago.
“In our quest to grow as a party we ended up being populist.”
Madikizela’s removal from the race left Mbali Ntuli, John Steenhuisen and John Moodey as campaigners.