Dali Mpofu warns: ‘ Without an education you could end up as the leader of the DA’

The warning was geared to taunt the Democratic Alliance over its new interim leader John Steenhuisen.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national chairperson Dali Mpofu took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to share a joke.

“Me to my daughter:

You must work hard… Where the hell do you think you will end up in life without education…??

She to me :

Duh… As leader of the ANC or the DA, of course!

Me: Errrrr… What time is Bafana playing?”

The EFF leader is referencing the fact that John Steenhuisen, who on Sunday became the interim leader of South Africa’s official opposition – the Democratic Alliance (DA) – has no tertiary education.

The party’s interim parliamentary leader Natasha Mazzone is in the same boat, having started but not completed a law degree.

His reference to the ANC, meanwhile, is probably a jab at former president Jacob Zuma, who did not receive a formal education and reportedly told himself not to read or write.

The party’s current leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, does indeed have a BProc – a Baccalaureus Procurationis course, which is what was needed in order to qualify as an attorney in SA, but has since been phased out.

The ANC’s national government has also faced criticism for the appointment of several ministers and deputy ministers to portfolios for which they’ve had no formal education. Misrepresentation of qualifications has led to some politicians losing their jobs.

Steenhuisen’s lack of a degree earned him criticism and attacks on Twitter late last year, after a Sunday Times report indicated that the DA caucus in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature has proposed that only an MP with a university degree be considered for the position of chief whip.


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