- John Steenhuisen has been chosen by members of the Democratic Alliance to be their new leader
- He was pinned as the favourite in the leadership race against former DA youth leader Mbali Ntuli
- Steenhuisen promised to take the party to new heights and give people the opportunities they deserve
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John Steenhuisen has been chosen by members of the Democratic Alliance to be their next leader. He had been serving as interim leader since the former leader, Mmusi Maimane stepped down.
Steenhuisen was running against the former DA youth leader Mbali Ntuli who was seen as an underdog in the race.
He promised to take to party to new heights and that the days of the party being rudderless are over as he vowed to steer the party in a clear direction.
"I'm here to take the DA to new heights. Today I stand before you even more energised that I was 21 years ago. Our country is in serious trouble and the stakes have never been higher. I see despair in our country."
"As we journey through life, many of us don't lift our heads to see the horizon. How is it that this nation of hard-working people don't see prosperity," he said.
He thanked the party and those who voted for him for their support according to News 24.
The results of the leadership election are as follows according to IOL.
Federal Chairperson: Dr. Ivan Meyer, elected uncontested.
Deputy Federal Chairpersons:
1st Deputy: Refiloe Nt'Sekhe,
2nd Deputy: Anton Bredell,
3rd Deputy: Jacques Smalle.
Chairperson of the Federal Council: Helen Zille, with 69% of votes cast.
Deputy Chairpersons of the Federal Council: James Masango and Thomas Walters, elected uncontested.
Chairperson of Federal Finance: Dr Dion George, elected uncontested.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that former Democratic Alliance (DA) Youth leader and member of the DA Mbali Ntuli has 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.
Ntuli has been going head to head with the DA's interim leader John Steenhuisen for the party's job.
In other news, the Democratic Alliance has lashed out against Finance Minister Tito Mboweni for his changed stance on the massively inflated public wage bill.
Responding to a parliamentary question on the $4.3 billion loan granted by the International Monetary Fund, Mboweni had answered that:
“The loan receipts (or disbursements) will form part of the National Revenue Fund to be used to support existing government programmes, which could include salary payments.”
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