DA aims to work well with ANC in parliament, John Steenhuisen says

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The newly elected DA leader wants to put an end to ANC bashing in parliament, and put forward workable alternatives

DA's interim Leader John Steenhuisen at the DA head office in Johannesburg. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

In an address to parliament’s Press Gallery Association on Thursday, Steenhuisen said the old notion that the DA and the ANC were enemies had to be relinquished. He wants the DA to reach out to the governing party in the spirit of co-operation, to find common ground and solutions to the country's problems. He wants the DA to propose alternative solutions when it disagrees with the ANC rather than simply bashing it.

Steenhuisen said, for example, that he agreed with a large part of finance minister Tito Mboweni's economic reform document and would support its implementation. He said parliament needed to rally behind policies that promoted economic growth as this was the only way to tackle poverty, inequality, unemployment and debt. “If what we do inside the House does not contribute to this growth, then we’re doing the wrong thing,” he said and the DA would oppose this.

 

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