- “Qualifications” have become a trending topic with the recent criticism for John Steenhuisen, DA Chief Whip, only possessing a Matric Certificate
- The DA recently made a move to make it compulsory for members in high ranking positions to possess a degree
- Briefly.co.za decided to have a closer look at the qualifications of the various parties leaders
“Qualifications” have become a buzzword in the country after John Steenhuisen recently came into the spotlight for not possessing a degree.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the Democratic Alliance Chief Whip caused a stir on social media after a move by the party might see him culled from his position. DA leader Mmusi Maimane has stood up for his fellow party member, however, one can be forgiven for feeling that the move was too little, too late.
The prize for the most “under-qualified” politician definitely goes to former president Jacob Zuma who made it to first in command without even completing his matric.
Another notable African National Congress member who only possesses their Grade 12 certificate is their own Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu who had been expelled from the University of Fort Hare.
The Economic Freedom Fighters have made the education of its members a priority with its leader Julius Malema having completed his BA (Honours) in Philosophy from UNISA in 2017. He also has a diploma in youth development also obtained through UNISA in 2010.
Whilst no data could be obtained for Hlengiwe Maxon ( Deputy Secretary General) or Leigh-Ann Mathy (Treasurer) all the other members who enjoy high ranking positions within the party have some sort of qualification behind their name.
The Democratic Alliance has also been selective with who they put in high-ranking positions with John Steenhuisen standing out among his peers as one of the only members with just a Matric behind him.
Natasha Mazzone (Deputy Federal Council Chairperson) attempted to study towards a law degree but did not complete it and thus joins Steenhuisen with only a matric certificate.
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