With the run up to the election of a new Democratic Alliance leader in October gaining momentum, two contenders for the opposition party, John Steenhuisen and Mbali Ntuli have stepped up their campaigns since they resumed following a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ntuli wants to debate party policy visions with Steenhuisen on live television, with the former having thrown down the gauntlet and told Steenhuisen to outline just why it is that he thinks he’d be better suited to the job than her.
“Last month I publicly announced that I would be resuming my campaign as the lockdown began to ease. When I did so, I was under no illusion that this is the most important internal election of the Democratic Alliance (DA),” she said.
“It is fair to say that as an alternative government, our Federal Leader should, at all times, also be viewed as a prospective president of the Republic of South Africa,” she said.
“It is therefore most certainly within the public interest to conduct a series of at least four live televised debates. Members of the DA, and the larger public, are tired of our politicians operating behind closed doors and under the cover of darkness, and not availing themselves for reasonable scrutiny and to be held accountable.”