- Herman Mashaba has denied claims of hypocrisy in his resignation speech for his Joburg mayor post
- This comes after discrepancies were pointed out in his resignation in comparison to a speech he gave on BEE in 2015
- Instead of contradicting his previous claims, Mashaba is adamant that his comments compliment them
Herman Mashaba has slammed the opinion that hypocrisy had shown itself in his resignation speech.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Joburg mayor had thrown in the towel just hours after Helen Zille had emerged as the party's federal council chair.
During his speech, Mashaba had distanced himself from the Democratic Alliance, commenting:
"I cannot reconcile myself with a group of people who believe that race is irrelevant in the discussion of inequality and poverty in SA in 2019."
Business Day had reported that this had been a change since 2015 as far as Mashaba's views were concerned.
In response to the claim, Mashaba denied any contradiction in his recent remarks versus his 2015 comments:
"There is a fundamental difference between asserting that race cannot be deemed irrelevant in the discussion of inequality and poverty, and asserting that I am now in favour of race-based policies including BEE and affirmative action. I made no such claim."
The outgoing mayor had claimed to have experienced an increase in 'race denialism' under the disguise of 'non-racialism'.
Mashaba explained that while he felt merit and performance should be the sole considerations, this was not achieved due to the prevailing correlation between poverty and race, News24 reports.
The politician believes that this view complements his 2015 speech, during which he had claimed that the ANC had failed to uplift black people, with BEE resulting in the rise of a 'black elite' while millions were left behind.