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Elections 2021: ‘These results are on you,’ Maimane tells Steenhuisen

Mmusi Maimane didn’t take too kindly to John Steenhuisen suggesting his resignation in 2019 somehow influenced the drop in DA support

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It’s no secret that the low voter turnout in the local government elections affected mainly the African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA): While the final results will be released on the next day, figures from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) suggest that both parties will see a significant drop in voter support. The ANC is expected to see a decline from 54.5% in 2016 to 46.7% in these elections, while the DA will likely see a drop from 27% to 22.6% in the same periods.

Evidently, the DA’s losing prospects aren’t lost on the party’s current leader John Steenhuisen and his predecessor Mmusi Maimane. Steenhuisen recently implied that the drop in DA voter support should be partially attributed to Maimaine’s decision to leave in 2019, which was one recommended by the party after it suffered at the polls in the general elections.

“The benchmark is not 2016, the benchmark is the last election (national election). You have 20.7 % of the votes in the last election. We were happy with growth, consolidation and progress from the DA from that election. We came out of that  election with a leader having walked off the job. It’s very few parties in the world that survive that,” Steenhuisen said.

MMUSI MAIMANE: ‘YOU MADE YOUR BED, STEENHUISEN’

Well, Mmusi Maimane didn’t take to kindly to John Steenhuisen’s remarks, which were also included in a Mail & Guardian article.

“Keep my name out of it [John Steenhuisen] You made your bed, these results are on you,” Maimane said in a tweet replying to the stories headline.