South Africans react to John Steenhuisen “speaking” for them – and it’s hilarious

John Steenhuisen at the Alternative State of the Nation Address (PHOTO: Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images)
John Steenhuisen at the Alternative State of the Nation Address (PHOTO: Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images)
Ziyaad Douglas

DA interim leader, John Steenhuisen has always been vocal about his disapproval of the regulations of the national lockdown.

On Thursday, during an interview with SABC News, speaking about the DA’s move to challenge some of the restrictions in court, Steenhuisen expressed that he and his party speak for South Africans who are unhappy with the lockdown, its duration and regulations.

Journalist and anchor Flo Letoaba then asked him which South Africans he was speaking for and also which conversations he was having on which platforms.

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“Well I'm having conversations with South Africans, who are frankly fed up with the lack of information," he said.

"Which South Africans? And where?" Letoaba inquired further.

It was in answering this question that Steenhuisen lost his cool and things quickly escalated.

"Would you like me to provide you with a list of them? I mean what are you asking?" Steenhuisen asked.

To which Letoaba responded: "That would be great. I'm asking where you are having these. Which thousands of South Africans?"

In his response, Steenhuisen said he was having this conversation with South Africans on social media and on CoronaCast, a DA branded show hosted by him which airs twice a week. He also invited Letoaba to tune in to the show which she said she would.He also accused her of being in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s corner and speaking for him.

Before ending the interview, Letoaba thanks Steenhuisen for his time and says she doesn’t think she would get a rational conversation out of the interview.

The clip from the interview was shared on Twitter and true to form, South Africans weighed in in a manner only Mzansi can.

Watch the snippet from the interview here:

Here’s what they had to say: