Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane suffered his fair share of criticism when he voiced his support of DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen after a Sunday Time report revealed that he only has a matric qualification. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency
Cape Town - Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane suffered his fair share of criticism when he voiced his support for DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen after a Sunday Times report revealed that he only has a matric qualification.

According to the report, Steenhuisen could lose his position as chief whip if a proposal that only a Member of Parliament with a university degree be considered for the position is adopted by the party's KwaZulu-Natal caucus to the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.

Once news spread, John Steenhuisen became a trending topic on social media. However,  Maimane tweeted that he was appalled at the story.

"The questions sent weren’t even related to the story. We have to continue to fight for an independent media. Our country has been well served by some but we simply can’t succumb to factional, fictional reporting."


He added: "I have worked with a great legislator, a chief whip and a friend. He is the finest Chief whip of the opposition in Parli. A constitutionalist and a fierce defender of freedom. He will continue to serve our party and the people of South Africa @jsteenhuisen."

His remarks did not stop the criticism, as some feel Maimane is missing the crux of the matter.





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