- John Steenhuisen has spoken out about his education in relation to his political career
- The newly-elected Democratic Alliance Parliamentary leader is eyeing out the top spot in the opposition party
- Often mocked for his lack of qualifications, Steenhuisen is adamant that you don't need a degree to serve the nation
Newly-elected DA Parliamentary leader, John Steenhuisen, has given public comment for the first time on his lack of post-matric qualifications.
IOL interviewed the former chief whip recently on the public response to his credentials which saw the likes of Jacob Zuma and Hlaudi Motsoeneng hounded out of office.
Steenhuisen put forward that those who put the Constitution in place had the foresight to not place academic requirements on public servants:
“I think what they do when they say that is that they insult 85% of South Africans. A very small percentage of South Africans have tertiary qualifications and when the formers of the Constitution set out in writing the Constitution, they were absolutely clear not to put an education threshold on that because the formers of the Constitution recognised that you don’t have to have a degree to service your community"
Briefly.co.za reported that Steenhuisen was eyeing Mmusi Maimane's now-vacant spot at the helm of the party.
The former chief whip noted that he has over two decades experience as a public representative, 10 years service as a councillor and eight years in parliament following two and a half years in provincial legislature.
The EFF earned themselves a jab from the opposition politician, who said that tertiary qualifications didn't prevent some from committing crimes:
“I have seen politicians with PHDs and with Masters degrees ripping people off, you know that, stealing people’s savings from bank accounts. I don’t think the people at VBS slept any easy that night knowing that the people that stole their money had Masters degrees and Doctorates. I think what people are looking for in South Africa are people to offer solutions and make a contribution."
Despite the backlash, Steenhuisen is adamant that the focus should be pushing the nation forward, irrespective of educational background.
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