John Steenhuisen trends after heated exchange with news anchor Flo Letoaba
DA interim leader John Steenhuisen has been criticised on social media after engaging in a heated exchange with SABC achorwoman Flo Letoaba.
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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.
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“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.
You see I think the key is respect. Ubuntu. That’s all that we need. Journalists have a job to do, we must respect that and be professional in how we respond, i-straight lendaba. pic.twitter.com/xMGiPS3uG0— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) May 14, 2020
Flo Letoaba just dealt with John Steenhuisen accordingly with just one question. Which South Africans? Leadership this one✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/y7mXvWGxYF— Siyasamkela (@SiyaMtitshana) May 14, 2020
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
Flo handled this meltdown so professionally. How do you purport to speak on behalf on the people of South Africa on such a polarising issue and then throw a fit when asked which people? https://t.co/pXU1AXC99p— Neo (@Neo_url) May 14, 2020
This is the 2nd time that I've seen the: "Which South Africans are you speaking for?" question get a guy's knickers in a knot. Wouldn't the simple answer be: "Our Constituents". 🤔 https://t.co/JK4pWfOHE4— Bianca van Wyk🇿🇦 (@BiancavanWyk16) May 14, 2020
South Africa: "Which South Africans?"— Gabriella Steyn (@G_BellaSantana) May 15, 2020
The DA: " [BREAKING]
Today our lawyers will file papers in the High Court against the SABC for allowing its staff to embarrass our member on national tv." #WhichSouthAfricans
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
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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
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