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John Steenhuisen is the only DA candidate who has accepted nomination for the top position

Current DA president John Steenhuisen has accepted being nominated for the presidency seat.

This comes as the DA is set to hold its national elective conference in April.

He took over as leader when Mmusi Maimane, then the DA’s first black leader, resigned in 2019 over the loss of electoral support from the DA’s core constituency.

Steenhuisen said he had accepted nomination for reelection. “I would like to finish the project I started. The DA was in a nose dive, and the 2024 elections are important for the party and the whole of SA.”

He added that through coalitions, the DA could be on track to, at the very least, be a part of national government in 2024.

With the ANC having lost support in successive elections, the governing party is on track to lose its majority come the general election in 2024.

Severe load-shedding is expected to again hit the ANC hard in the polls, as it did in the 2021 local government elections.

All DA national and provincial leaders who Business Day spoke to this week said they expected Steenhuisen’s re-election and a predictable conference in the build-up to the party’s elective meeting in 2023.


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