- John Steenhuisen has been elected as the interim leader of the DA
- He asks South Africa to judge him on merit and not the colour of his skin
- As the interim leader, he believes that he can lead the DA to new heights
Newly elected interim leader of the DA, John Steenhuisen has asked South Africa to go beyond race and not simply judge him on the colour of his skin but on the contribution he can make to South Africa.
“Yes, I happen to be a white South African but I want South Africans to judge me not on the colour of my skin but rather on the quality of contribution that I can make to improving the lives of South Africans,” said Steenhuisen.
Briefly.co.za learned that he insisted that issues that confront black people in the country do not need to be addressed by a black leader.
Steenhuisen used an analogy of a sick patient who does not care what colour skin the doctor has.
“I think South Africa is a patient in deep crisis and I think South Africans are becoming less concerned about the colour of the doctor who’s going to perform a life saving operation to get South Africa from where it is to where it needs to be,” said Steenhuisen.
He beat Makashule Gana for the top spot in the party following the resignation of Mmusi Maimane. Steenhuisen will be at the helm of the party until they hold their elective congress next year where new leaders will be elected according to sowetanlive.co.za.
Steenhuisen said that his main project was to correct the disconnect that has developed between the party and its voters and the inequality which apartheid had created.
His words echo what Martin Luther King said all those years ago in 1963.
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" - Martin Luther King Jr, 28 August 1963.
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