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Opinion || John Steenhuisen is not a leader, he thinks he is.

Seven days till the local municipal elections and for some weird reasons the Democratic Alliance (DA) which is the country's official opposition party seems to be losing ground. Since John Steenhuisen took over from Mmusi Maimane the DA seems to be a shadow of its former self.

After they withdrew their Phoenix heroes campaign posters, many of its older and senior members were left disgruntled and they didn't believe how the party could be bullied into taking down those posters. Which was a somewhat clear indication that they admit something was wrong with that campaign. The DA gets things done lol and one of those things is going back against their manifestos and having to retract statements they passed in the first place.

I'm not saying they shouldn't have taken them down and apologized, I'm just saying they should have been clever around that whole saga, you cannot be bullied into retracting especially by other political parties. Those posters were wrong, to begin with, and Phoenix the wrong location for them but that is a discussion for another day let's discuss the party leader now John.

A couple of days after the poster saga, a video emerges of Kenny Kunene accusing him of being uneducated and not being able to speak his mother tongue( Afrikaans) fluently, John doesn't respond. He even accused him of cheating on his wife and other things. The gutless John only responded through the party spokesperson and said he “won't be commenting.” His predecessors, Helen Zille and Mmusi will not have taken any jab of that nature and chose not to respond.

A few days later he comes up with a great slogan when he was campaigning at the Steve Tshwete municipality in Nkangala, Mpumalanga. Even though he was ridiculed by many, I strongly believe that was the comeback he needed to politically gain some lost grounds and municipalities.

As he was still being applauded for that John went back to being John. While radio and tv personality Gareth Cliff on his podcast the burning platform. During an interview with DA leader John Steenhuisen and One South Africa Movement member Mudzuli Rakhivhane, Cliff discussed the commotion over DA posters in Phoenix, Durban, which were removed following an outcry.

During the interview, Cliff claimed race was "at the bottom of the list" for many South Africans.

Rakhivhane replied: "They don't experience the type of racism I experience daily."

This was followed by a response from Cliff, saying her experience was "completely anecdotal" and "unimportant".

Amazingly enough to some John sat there with a smirk on his face as if he was agreeing with Gareth. For any leader with true leadership qualities that was an opportunity for John to win the hearts of many voters, especially majority black people.

I'm not political but I saw an opportunity there and John missed. Which somehow proves he is not the leader, he thinks he is and he is not the Moses to lead the children of the Democratic Alliance into the promised land.


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