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We've hit a new low if we police people's facial expressions - John Steenhuisen

24 October 2021 9:46 AM
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Racism
Gareth Cliff
John Steenhuisen
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DA leader John Steenhuisen

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen talks about his childhood, political career and the recent discussion he had with Gareth Cliff.

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen say he did not ''smirk'' during Gareth Cliff's Burning Platform show.

During the discussion with Steenhuisen and community activist Mudzuli Rakhivhane, Cliff insinuated that racism was not as big a problem as poor service delivery.

He also went on to say that nobody cared about Rakhivhane's lived experiences of racism as a black person in South Africa.

Speaking to Nickolaus Bauer, Steenhuisen says he was there to talk about service delivery and not the interaction between Mudzuli and Cliff.

Are we policing people's expressions in South Africa, I find it very odd this whole situation. It's like blaming a passenger in a taxi because the taxi driver jumped a stop sign and had an accident.

John Steenhuisen, Leader - Democratic Alliance

What Gareth did with another guest is his business. I was there to talk about service delivery and that is what I did. When we start to police other people's facial expressions, I think we are starting to hit a new low in South Africa.

John Steenhuisen, Leader - Democratic Alliance

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I don't negate anybody's lived experiences. The lived experience of all South Africans has to be our concern.

John Steenhuisen, Leader - Democratic Alliance

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24 October 2021 9:46 AM
Tags:
Racism
Gareth Cliff
John Steenhuisen
Nandos
DA leader John Steenhuisen

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