John Steenhuisen has been elected as the new interim leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA).
Steenhuisen emerged victorious at the party’s elective conference at its headquarters in Bruma, east of Johannesburg on Sunday.
Steenhuisen defeated his opposite rival Makashule Gana for the party’s top position.
The Federal Council announced that Steenhuisen received the majority of votes from the voting delegation.
It was indeed expected that Steenhuisen, who will now serve as the party leader and also the leader of opposition in Parliament, was a clear favourite going into the contest.
Steenhuisen enjoys support from prominent leaders such as Helen Zille and Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela.
However, Steenhuisen has a massive task of stabilizing the party after the resignations of former leader Mmusi Maimane and Athol Trollip.
The newly elected leader will also have to convince black constituency within the party that he is a leader on a mission to transform the party.
Steenhuisen, who is against race-based policies, however, will have tough task of convincing the general public that the new DA is not a white party.
The DA continues to be seen by many as a white party and Steenhuisen’s election will further make a strong case for the assumption.
Steenhuisen will serve as an interim leader until next year April when the party will elect new permanent leadership.