- South Africans have taken to social media to share their reactions to the news that John Steenhuisen won the Democratic Alliance leadership race
- He beat his rival Mbali Ntuli, however, Steenhuisen was always pinned as the favourite to win
- Mzansi is divided by the news, with some shaking their heads at the DA for choosing a white leader and others congratulating Steenhuisen on his victory
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South Africans have taken to Twitter to share their reactions to the news of the newly elected leader of the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance.
John Steenhuisen was voted in today as the members of the DA cast their ballots to choose their new leader, he was the favourite in the race against Mbali Ntuli, the former DA youth leader.
There were a lot of mixed reactions online, with many people using race a means to drag the party while others congratulated John on his victory.
Here are some reactions:
Earlier, Breifly.co.za reported that 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.
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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