Steenhuisen calm as DA leadership races goes down to the wire

Steenhuisen calm as DA leadership races goes down to the wire

- DA interim leader John Steenhuisen has remained calm while delivering his candidate speech as the leadership race heads down to the wire

- He did not make any predictions about who would win but instead spoke about his vision for the party

- He promised that hardworking members would not be overlooked and others 'parachuted' into positions

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John Steenhuisen is in the running for the leadership of the Democratic Alliance, a year ago he took over as interim leader of the party when Musi Maimane stood down and left the party.

Steenhuisen is running against Mbali Ntuli the former DA youth leader. He gave his candidate speech today in which he shared his vision for the party.

He did not make any predictions about the outcome of the leadership race but remained calm and confident.

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“When I put my hand up for the position of interim leader a year ago, I did so because I care deeply for the party I have served for over 22 years. I knew very well that our engines were sputtering and that our wings had been clipped,” he said.

He promised that the days when people were 'parachuted' into positions were over and that hardworking members would get their dues.

According to TimesLive he promised that he would restore discipline within the party.

As interim leader, Steenhuisen has an advantage over Ntuli. She took to social media predicting that come next week, she would be the next leader of the DA.

John Steenhuisen has given his candidate speech ahead of the DA leadership elections. Photo credit: Instagram/jsteenhuisen
John Steenhuisen has not made any predictions about who would win the leadership race. Photo credit: Instagram/jsteenhuisen
Source: Instagram reported that she revealed that she will soon be elected as DA leader. She shared the news on her Twitter page on Friday evening.

"On the 3rd of November, South Africans will wake up to a new DA leader," she wrote.

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Ntuli said that she invites all South Africans to read about what has been constantly been said about the DA online.

"You will soon realise how desperate South Africa is for the DA to become the party for all South Africans and take over government," she said.

In other news, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has drawn the ire of the Western Cape government after claiming that Tygerberg hospital still had racially segregated pathways from the apartheid era.

In a statement released by the Western Cape Minister of Health Nomafrench Mbombo, the provincial government has signalled its outrage over the minister's comments:

"I am completely dismayed at the remarks made by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni about Tygerberg hospital in his budget speech in which he claims that wards are racially segregated. This is an outright lie and Minister Mboweni should be made to apologize for misleading the house."

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