Melanie Verwoerd | Anyone who wants to silence criticism shouldn't become president

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DA leader John Steenhuisen. Photo by Aaron Dube.
DA leader John Steenhuisen. Photo by Aaron Dube.

I do not believe that anyone who wants to silence criticism – even if they delete the statement the next day – can ever be presidential material, writes Melanie Verwoerd,  in response to a Facebook post by John Steenhuisen.

On Wednesday night, I was snuggled up in bed with a lovely book. Just before midnight, my phone pinged. It was a text from a former senior DA politician. "Hi Melanie, trust you're well…what on earth did you dare write (Smiley face)?"

Below it was a screenshot from a Facebook post by the leader of the opposition, John Steenhuisen, presumably in response to a column I had written for News24 that morning.

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