- John Steenhuisen is adamant that he loyally served alongside Mmusi Maimane until the very end
- The newly elected Democratic Alliance interim leader has denied ever 'backstabbing' the former party head
- Steenhuisen pointed out that Maimane himself had selected him to serve as chief whip not once but twice
John Steenhuisen has won his election against Gauteng MPL Makashule Gana to temporarily lead the Democratic Alliance.
Briefly.co.za reported that Steenhuisen is well on his way to replacing former leader Mmusi Maimane as the head of the opposition party.
While some say that Steenhuisen had 'backstabbed' his former boss, the politician says he was loyal to Maimane:
“I have never backstabbed Mr Maimane. I served as his chief whip, I served him loyally and I served him well right up until the end. It was not possible for me to tell him that I was standing for the interim leader because he had resigned as the leader and a member of the party."
Steenhuisen made the comments just moments after emerging victorious by a landslide 75% of delegates gave him their endorsement at the federal council sitting:
“We have got to turn the setback of the last election into the biggest comeback in SA politics. That means we have to be a party built on organic authenticity, it means we have to put down genuine roots into every community in SA."
The newly elected leader had earlier put forward that his race didn't belittle his ability to serve his country, despite past injustices, as he pledged to restore the embattled DA to its former glory, reports TimesLIVE.
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