John Steenhuisen turns 43: 5 quick facts about the DA Chief Whip

John Steenhuisen turns 43: 5 quick facts about the DA Chief Whip

On 25 March, John Steenhuisen celebrated his 43rd birthday and Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at a couple of facts about the DA Chief Whip.

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DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen turned 43 on Monday and the opposition party took to Twitter to wish its "defender of democracy" a happy birthday:

"A very happy birthday to our own defender of democracy in Parliament, Chief Whip @jsteenhuisen."

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In honour of the DA Chief Whip's birthday, Briefly.co.za took a look at his life and career. Here are five quick facts about John Steenhuisen.

1. Early life

John Henry Steenhuisen was born on 25 March, 1976 in Durban. He attended the Northwood Boys' High School, where he matriculated in 1993.

2. An avid sports fan

According to Wikipedia, Steenhuisen supports the Sharks rugby union team and AmaZulu football club.

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3. Personal life

Steenhuisen was married to Julie Steenhuisen (née Wright) for a decade before they divorced nearly nine years ago.

According to News24, at the time, Steenhuisen resigned as the KwaZulu-Natal DA leader over an affair he had with the provincial spokesperson, Terry Kass-Beaumont.

The pair allegedly had an affair for quite some time and it continued even after her marriage to DA ­official, Mike Beaumont.

4. Making history

In 1999, at the age of 22, Steenhuisen became the youngest Durban City Council member in the city's history.

5. Lack of Education

Steenhuisen is a well-known name in Parliament and the DA's supporters might argue he is one of the best MPs today - social media users even dubbed his comebacks in Parly the 'SteenSlap'.

However, the DA Chief Whip made headlines for reasons other than his fiery clap-backs in 2018 after a move by DA to make degrees compulsory exposed him.

It was revealed Steenhuisen's highest qualification was Grade 12.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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