Mpumelelo Mkhabela | Dear DA, if you want to take over the reins from the ANC, find your confidence

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John Steenhuisen during the DA's final local election rally in Johannesburg last year.
John Steenhuisen during the DA's final local election rally in Johannesburg last year.
Zintle Mahlati

John Steenhuisen, as leader of the official opposition, is theoretically closer to reaching the Union Buildings than other opposition party leaders, if the ANC disappears. Yet, one doesn't get a sense that he projects himself as South Africa's president-in-waiting, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

The Democratic Alliance has gone through several growth stages since 1994, including consolidation and diversification. It thereafter plateaued and somewhat regressed.   

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