'Anyone who thinks race is not an issue in South Africa is naive' - Steenhuisen
The Democratic Alliance's new parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen has admitted that while the circumstances surrounding his appointment "aren't great", he's looking forward to getting to work.
The party's former chief whip was elected unopposed on Sunday, following the resignation of Mmusi Maimane last week.
It's not the first or the last difficult week that we've had or we will have.John Steenhuisen, Parliamentary leader - Democratic Alliance
Steenhuisen says the focus of the party continues to be building the core opposition to the ruling party but remained coy when asked whether his ultimate aim is to become party leader.
I think that's a bit premature, I've only been in this job for less than 24 hours.John Steenhuisen, Parliamentary leader - Democratic Alliance
There has been growing concern that the DA is yearning to return to its liberal roots at the expense of the black constituency in the party.
I think if one looks at leadership that's been developed over the course of the last 7 years within the DA and the advancement of individuals, not based on the colour of their skin but on ability, 8 of the 9 provincial leaders are black South Africans.John Steenhuisen, Parliamentary leader - Democratic Alliance
These are people who got into these positions because they were the right people for the job.John Steenhuisen, Parliamentary leader - Democratic Alliance
Steenhuisen also responded to comments made last week by former Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba during his resignation that he refuses to align himself with those who 'think race is irrelevant.
Anyone who thinks race is not an issue in South Africa is naive.John Steenhuisen, Parliamentary leader - Democratic Alliance
However, I think race-based policy is very damaging to South Africa and it's future.John Steenhuisen, Parliamentary leader - Democratic Alliance
Listen to the full interview below:
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula outlined the relaxation of transport regulations under Level 3 of the national lockdown during a media briefing on Saturday.Read More
Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced that R200m is now available to help artists and athletes after a financial boost from MECs.Read More
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula held a briefing on rules for the transport sector from 1 June.Read More
Professional rugby and soccer teams can resume training under Level 3, says Sport Minister Nathi Mthethwa.Read More
An Ipsos poll found that under-exercising, insomnia and depression have also been problems for South Africans under lockdown.Read More
Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has updated the nation on the resumption of non-contact sport.Read More
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 29,240 and the recoveries to date are 14,370.Read More
Fedsas CEOPaul Colditz says every school should receive children and educators back under conducive conditions.Read More
While the on-air campaign has come to an end, the initiative to save small businesses affected by the lockdown will continue.Read More
The minister's lawyer Tebogo Malatji reflects on the courts ruling on the so called Sars rogue unit report.Read More
The sale of tobacco will continue to be prohibited under lockdown Level 3.Read More
She says even though it has been a painful journey to get to where she is, she always served SA to the best of her ability.Read More
Eyewitness News reporter Kgomotso Modise gives details of EFF virtual press conference.Read More
Cardiologist Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos says clinical observations show very few smokers are hospitilised for the virus.Read More
CEO Wayne Duvenage reflects on Judge Ronel Tolmay ruling against the former SAA chairperson.Read More
Journalist Aisha Abdool Karim says the Cuban medical school curriculum is in line with the South African programme.Read More
Restaurant Association Of South Africa CEO Wendy Alberts says her industry can't continue to operate under restrictive conditions.Read More
Eusebius McKaiser and historian Dr Vashna Jagarnath shine the spotlight on the origins of African unity.Read More
Police national spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo they will deal directly with matters where police committed a crime.Read More