John Steenhuisen is the new DA leader

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.”

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.