The Kiffness has defended the DA and its leader John Steenhuisen.
Images via Twitter: @thekiffness/ @our_da

‘Racially diverse’: The Kiffness defends the DA against criticism

The Kiffness has heaped praise on the Democratic Alliance (DA) despite critics lamenting John Steenhuisen’s re-election as party leader.


The Kiffness has defended the DA and its leader John Steenhuisen.
Images via Twitter: @thekiffness/ @our_da

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has faced widespread backlash from their decision to re-elect John Steenhuisen as party leader, and ultimately the next presidential candidate. But backing the boys in blue is Cape Town hitmaker The Kiffness, who has fought off critics of the leading opposition party.

The singer – real name Dave Scott – has even shared his views on why South Africans should give the party their vote in the next elections.

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It’s no secret that The Kiffness has an obvious disdain for the ruling party – the ANC. On his Twitter account, the outspoken entertainer has repeatedly criticised many ministers, mayors, and even the president himself, Cyril Ramaphosa.

But the singer has also voiced his support of the DA, led by John Steenhuisen. Responding to a Twitter critic who called the party “untransformed” The Kiffness clapped back: “The DA is the most racially diverse party by a long shot.”

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Last week, the singer defended the party against allegations they were rooted in racism. He tweeted: “One of the biggest misunderstandings about the DA is that people think they came from the NP. They came from the DP which was Anti-Apartheid. The NP even merged with the ANC”.


Meanwhile, Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren.has also faced criticism of his decision to perform at the party’s congress over the weekend. 

Over the weekend, the DA held a two-day conference in Midrand, Johannesburg. The meeting was to announce its new leadership, namely John Steenhuisen.

Entertaining the “diverse” crowds were local singers Lloyd Cele, Vicky Sampson, and Kurt Darren, who performed an Afrikaans rendition of a popular Mafikizolo track Ndihamba Nawe.

But not everyone was feeling Kurt’s Afro-Afrikaans fusion musical performance. In fact, some went as far as to accuse him of cultural appropriation.

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Kurt Darren’s song was a cover of the hit song with his own twist. The singer’s version – Kom Bietjie Hier – was recorded in 2009 and then again with the Soweto Gospel Choir in 2020.

The official Twitter account of the DA tweeted: “Proudly South African entertainment is lighting up the stage in Johannesburg today at the largest #DAcongress2023 in history.”

Here’s a look at his performance at the DA congress…

On Twitter, tweeps shared their thoughts about Kurt Darren’s performance, which wasn’t kind.

Many lamented the party for being “out of touch” and “ignoring” their “young, female and black” members.

Here’s what a few had to say.

@ShanMoff: “‘Kom bietjie hier’? I don’t remember that in the original.”

@wiesiede: “Cultural appropriation used, as usual, to pretend you are inclusive whilst showing you are just performing.”

@WamuwiM: “That blue party opened its congress with an unfortunate medley (including an appearance from Kurt Darren) that ended with Vicky Sampson doing that tired Rainbow Nation staple,  African Dream. It tells you everything you need to know about their apprehension of the future.”

@KiblinFlinn: “Very pushed and unnatural. I hope one day you can truly integrate with the African people on the ground.”

@Vince_Banks: “If your best run conference highlights the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Pata Pata, Kurt Darren, & Ndihamba Nawe, you are out of touch with reality. You are also clueless & have no real plan for where you’re headed. The future is young, black, female & vibrant. Again the DA has lost the plot.”