Merit Would Resolve Steenhuizen’s Dilemma

According to a report in a Sunday newspaper, the DA‘s chief whip in the National Assembly, John Steenhuizen, may find himself demoted because he does not hold a university degree. That outcome could arise if DA KZN leader Zwakele Mncwango’s policy that senior office holders in the DA should be university graduates is agreed to.

The potential dilemma Steenhuizen faces would never have arisen if the DA embraced the principle of merit. A university degree is no guarantee that a person is better suited to a position than one without a university degree. PW Botha was not a university graduate yet he was acknowledged as a competent parliamentarian and administrator.

But the DA’s obsession with transformation, which is just a code word for racial representivity, has much to do with the direction in which Mncwango appears headed. If Steenhuizen is demoted as a result of Mncwango’s policy, the DA would relegate a highly experienced and competent representative whose abilities as DA caucus leader in the eThekwini council were widely respected long before Mncwango appeared on the scene.

Sent into The Mercury and published, 27 November 2018.

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