‘90% of my kids’ clothing comes from Pep’ John Steenhuisen defends comments
The DA’s John Steenhuisen claims the backlash against his Pep Store clothing comments is a ‘distraction from the real issue’.
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has responded to the backlash of his comments about the ANC purchasing “ill-fitting clothes from Pep Stores.”
The outspoken politician was put on blast for his “racial undertones” in a statement about Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi rallying up “drunkards from shebeens” as crime prevention wardens.
However, John claims that the widespread criticism of his statement was an “overreaction.”
Last year, Lesufi hired thousands of men and women through his Nasi Ispani Mass Recruitment Programme to assume the same role and powers as traffic officials.
JOHN STEENHUISEN DEFENDS PEP STORES, ‘DRUNKARD’ COMMENTS
Speaking to the media this week, John Steenhuisen responded to the criticism, particularly to those Pep Store comments.
He said: “I think it’s a complete overreaction. I shop at Pep Stores. 90% of my children’s clothing comes from Pep Stores. To have this notion that only black people shop at Pep is frankly ridiculous. Their consumer records will show that very clearly.
The DA leader added that the criticism was “distracting from the real issue.”
John was then asked to elaborate on his comments, calling the crime prevention wardens “drunkards from the shebeen.”
He said: “When you crash 22 BMWs, and you beat up ordinary civilians. You destroy infrastructure and private homes…beating them up. And Minister Lesufi needs to take some responsibility”.
WHAT DID HE SAY?
Earlier this week, John Steenhuizen became a trending topic when he tweeted:
“What did Panyaza Lesufi do? He took your tax money to buy ill-fitting PEP Stores uniforms for untrained cadres and pretended that they were “crime wardens.” What kind of person pulls a drunkard out of a shebeen, gives him a uniform and a weapon, and then unleashes them onto a community?”
“What did Panyaza Lesufi do? He took your tax money to buy ill-fitting PEP Stores uniforms for untrained cadres and pretended that they were “crime wardens.” What kind of person pulls a drunkard out of a shebeen, gives him a uniform and a weapon, and then unleashes them onto a…
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) January 27, 2024