The DA is locked in crisis meetings to resolve the issues that arose after leader Mmusi Maimane and senior leaders resigned.
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Steenhuisen has told radio host Eusebius McKaiser that he has been
approached by a number of DA members to run for party leader, but wants
“the bodies to cool” first while he “gives it consideration”.
appeared on McKaiser’s Radio 702 show on Thursday, following the news
that now former DA leader Mmusi Maimane had also resigned from his
position in Parliament.
This effectively meant that Steenhuisen ceased being DA chief whip, as the parliamentary leader appoints the chief whip.
asked if he would consider running to replace Maimane as party leader,
Steenhuisen reportedly responded that the events had been tough and he
wanted “the bodies to cool”.
The question was a little early, but he was “giving it consideration” after being approached by a number of people.
He also told McKaiser that he had voted for Helen Zille to be the party’s new federal council chairperson.
DEVELOPING | DA in crisis: John Steenhuisen says he’s no longer DA chief whip
DA’s John Steenhuisen says his term as party chief whip ended with the
resignation of Mmusi Maimane as leader of the DA, reports have said.
Eyewitness News and Netwerk24 reported that Steenhuisen said his term was tied to that of the party leader.
Deputy chief-whip Jacques Julius will be acting chief-whip, Mail and Guardian reported.
was not immediately clear if a new interim leader will re-appoint
Steenhuisen as chief whip, or whether he will take the position up again
were he to be re-appointed.
More to follow.
GOOD Statement on the DA:
MMUSI MAIMANE GETS A TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE
When I resigned from the DA on my own terms a year ago on 31 October 2018, it was after learning bitter lessons that the party’s stated policies were window-dressing not matched by its practises in government.
I hate to say I told you so but I am going to say it anyway. I am not claiming to be a sangoma but I warned Mmusi Maimane that if he didn’t stand on principle his party’s laptop boys would swallow him up and spit him out. He saw the blue train coming but didn’t know how to get out of the way.
The problem for Mmusi and his handlers in the DA is that none of them have a clue about principled leadership.
The DA is well on its way on the path of destruction, and it’s best we don’t disturb them.
South Africans who care about all our people must continue to come together for common GOOD.
To Mmusi I say: GOOD bye, Im glad to see you go and hope you have a GOOD time.