John Steenhuisen trends after heated exchange with news anchor Flo Letoaba
A war of words between DA interim leader John Steenhuisen and SABC anchorwoman Flo Letoaba has gone viral after she asked him “which South Africans” he speaks for.
In the interview on Thursday, Letoaba questioned Steenhuisen about his calls to ease the lockdown.
TimesLIVE reported that the DA considered filling papers in the High Court to challenge the rationality of the lockdown regulations, including the ban on online shopping and the restriction on exercise hours.
Online shopping is allowed again, under strict conditions, the department of trade and industry announced on Thursday.
“You've said in the press briefing that South Africans are begging for clarity on the way forward. Which South Africans are you speaking for, and which conversations are you having, with whom and where?” Letoaba asked.
Letoaba also challenged Steenhuisen to name the people who he claimed were “fed up” and wanted the lockdown to end.
In his response, Steenhusien said he had talks with citizens on social media and on his show, CoronaCast, which he hosts twice a week.
“I'm having conversations with South Africans who are frankly fed up with the lack of information,” he said.
In a heated back and forward exchange, the two spoke over each other before Steenhusien threw a jab at Letoaba.
“I am very glad the president has you in his corner because he's obviously been speaking to you,” he said.
Letoaba replied: “I am not going to get a rational conversation here, but thank you very much for giving us your time.”
Watch the video below (skip to 7:00).
On social media, “Which South Africans?” topped the trending list as many, including former DA leader Mmusi Maimane, weighed in on the interview.
Here is a snapshot of some reactions.
John Steenhuisen is really trying to make this a DA vs ANC thing instead of standing behind the president who has had to make extremely tough calls so that we don’t end up like Italy or even the US. Instead of even offering solutions, he’s peak Karen-ing and shouting and suing pic.twitter.com/9jEhHKFfsA— Lesego Tlhabi (@LesegoTlhabi) May 15, 2020
Let me clarify for those who don't know which South Africans @jsteenhuisen is talking to 1) constantia moms who can't have Wednesday brunches at tashas 2) surfers who say lockdown=apartheid 3) the chick who wants to do yoga all over the show https://t.co/1PYeUJJsIg— Raees (@razzi_parks) May 14, 2020
i don’t understand how steenhuisen can say the majority of SA when the majority don’t have the same access as those who interact with him - on top of that - the party also doesn’t have the majority vote of the nation. the question remains - which south africans?— Lesedi (@lesedi_lk14) May 14, 2020