John Steenhuisen has been elected the new Democratic Alliance (DA) leader.
Steenhuisen emerged victorious at the party’s two-day virtual elective congress attended by over 2 000 of the party’s members.
He beat Mbali Ntuli to the post. The DA KwaZulu-Natal Member of the Provincial Legislature is, however, not bitter about it.
She has taken to social media to congratulate Steenhuisen.
In a Facebook post, Ntuli says: “Congratulations Steenhuisen who has been elected as the new Federal Leader! So proud of the DA today! Now we get to the real work of making sure SA is a prosperous country for us all.”
In his acceptance speech, Steenhuisen urged South Africans who are tired of corruption to join the party.
A vision for all South Africans! 🇿🇦
“Together, we must build a new majority in South African politics, with the DA at the heart of governments across the length and breadth of our beautiful country.” – @jsteenhuisen #DACongress#RealHopeAndChangeNow pic.twitter.com/VNMR9UeFLH
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) November 1, 2020
Steenhuisen had been acting in the position since November last year, following Mmusi Maimane’s resignation from the party.
Former leader Helen Zille has been elected Federal Council Chair and the three Deputy Federal Chairpersons are Jacques Smalle, Refiloe Nt’sekhe and Anton Bredell.
Presiding Officer Greg Krumbock announced the result.
“The positions of Federal Chairperson occupied by Ivan Meyer, Finance Chairperson occupied by Dion George and the two Deputy Chairpersons of the Federal Council James Masango and Thomas Walters were uncontested,” Krumbock said.