Steenhuisen: Race shouldn't factor in when choosing the next DA leader

Steenhuisen: Race shouldn't factor in when choosing the next DA leader

- John Steenhuisen has commented on the upcoming election to appoint an interim leader for the Democratic Alliance

- The parliamentary leader is eyeing the top spot with only one other candidate standing between him and where he wants to be

- Steenhuisen says that when it comes to appointing a leader, race shouldn't be a factor

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John Steenhuisen is adamant that race shouldn't matter when it comes to appointing a leader for a political party. reported that the former chief whip had been selected to lead the Democratic Alliance and is eyeing the vacancy left by Mmusi Maimane.

The race is currently a two-man show with only Gauteng provincial legislature member, Makashula Gana, opposing Steenhuisen.

READ ALSO: Steenhuisen: Policies based on race are holding South Africa back

Speaking to 702, Steenhuisen weighed in on whether or not he could cut it as the top dog in the opposition party:

"I want to lead the DA because it stands at a crossroads and it has to make some hard decisions about where it is going towards the future. And it will need some decisive leadership to do so."

On the subject of race, which has long shadowed the opposition party, Steenhuisen said that:

"We should be a party that upholds its values of non-racialism and rejects representivity. You don't have to be a black South African to speak for poor South Africans who are living in poverty. I don't think race should matter when you are picking between two individuals. We have become too obsessed with race in South Africa."

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