John Steenhuisen is the DA's new interim leader .
He was elected by the party's federal council in a special meeting which was prompted by former leader Mmusi Maimane's resignation, from the position he held since 2015. The DA has been without a leader for almost a month following Maimane's resignation.
He beat Gauteng MPL Makashule Gana for the top post.
The DA will however be going to an early congress in April 2020, where the its highest decision making body will elect a new leadership.
Meanwhile Ivan Meyer, former deputy federal chair, has also been elected as the interim federal chair.