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Daniel Silke | John Steenhuisen takes the reins, but the battle is just beginning

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Newly elected DA leader John Steenhuisen (PHOTO: Gallo Images)
Newly elected DA leader John Steenhuisen (PHOTO: Gallo Images)

The hard work now begins for John Steenhuisen as he prepares the DA for its  next hurdle - the local government elections, which are set to take place next year, writes Daniel Silke.

After some 370 days without a formally elected leader, the DA will emerge from this weekend's congress relieved - to put it mildly.

In a carefully choreographed - and perhaps even over-produced - virtual event, the 2 000-odd delegates acted to reboot the party amid more than 18 months of flagging electoral fortunes, damaging public spats and high-profile resignations.

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