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Steenhuisen: Zille is a centre of excellence

Helen Zille's appointment to her current senior position followed the resignations of Herman Mashaba and former leader Mmusi Maimane.

Helen Zille was announced as the DA's new Federal Council chairperson on 20 October 2019. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) interim leader John Steenhuisen said the party's federal council chairperson Helen Zille was an excellent leader and the general perception about her was exaggerated.

Steenhuisen was answering questions on the Eusebius McKaiser show on Monday morning about his contestation for the party's leadership position.

Zille's appointment to her current senior position followed the resignations of Herman Mashaba and former leader Mmusi Maimane.

Steeihusen insists Zille is a capable leader.

“A lot of stuff around Helen I think is completely overblown. She is a centre of excellence and is not someone who talks a lot about the capable state, or about the service delivery because she’s delivered it where she governs.”

LISTEN: John Steenhuisen talks to Eusebius McKaiser