Democratic Alliance Leader John Steenhuisen has unintentionally (but honestly) helped brand his party as anti-poor. And he’s unapologetic about it. Undoubtedly and rightfully, he’ll come under fire from a Public that’s sick of politicians who don’t care.
Steenhuisen grew his reputation with witty comments in Parliament. His target was the low-hanging fruit that the corrupt ANC is. The biased Media that supports the DA made him a household name. However, in this interview outside of his comfort zone, his inadequacy has been revealed. He was questioned regards the DA-led City of Cape Town fining cold, homeless people for sleeping in the streets and lighting fires to survive winter. Instead of responding with concern or any form of honesty, Steenhuisen almost verbally attacked journalist Shahan Ramkissoon. In his bizarre world of privilege, Steenhuisen decided that Ramikissoon was being unfair by asking him questions about it. The only thing Ramikisson deserves is a beer.
I don’t expect a national party leader to know everything happening around the country but find it impossible for Steenhuisen to not know of this contentious and publicised issue that resulted in accusations of the DA being pro-rich and anti-black. Imagine if he’d claimed to not know of Helen Zille’s colonialism tweets because she was a Premier of a province and not the President of the country. And to compare himself, a recently elected temporary leader, to President Cyril Ramaphosa, is laughable. The DA controls one province, the ANC the other eight… and Ramaphosa is President of all nine. Whilst Ramaphosa is raising hundreds of billions in investment, the DA is frantically trying to hang onto its foreign liberal sponsors.
There’s also the uncomfortable fact for Steenhuisen that Cape Town is the seat of power of the party he now leads… and where he and that low-hanging fruit have worked for many years. His ignorance is further unlikely.
This interview, uncharacteristic for the slanted ENCA, showed that John Steenhuisen isn’t a leader. That he couldn’t answer morally instead of politically also shows that he isn’t a human being. As with the return of Helen Zille, the DA missteps again.
Watch the video below. It’s essential viewing for South Africans who care.