- John Steenhuisen scored a major personal victory after securing the top spot at the helm of the Democratic Alliance
- Commenting on the win, Steenhuisen denied claims that the opposition party is 'just for white people'
- In addition to this comment, Steenhuisen called for the DA's constant criticism of the ANC to end
The Democratic Alliance has elected its leadership and John Steenhuisen has successfully emerged as the party's leader.
Steenhuisen had competed against Mbali Ntuli for the top spot in the party and had vowed to lay the foundation for the opposition party to emerge as a part of the national government.
Commenting on the belief that some hold regarding the DA, Steenhuisen dispelled the notion that the party was for white people:
"You've got to dispel the myth that this is a party for white people. It isn't."
Steenhuisen is adamant that the party's diversity is visible to anyone who chooses to look:
"Anyone who saw the visuals of the congress over the weekend would see this is a party that is serious about becoming a home for all South Africans. We want to take power from the state and give it to the people, where it rightfully belongs."
eNCA reports that Steenhuisen has also called for the DA's constant criticism of the ANC to come to an end.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Steenhuisen 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.
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"I'm here to take the DA to new heights. Today I stand before you even more energised than 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.
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