- It might have been a tough job, but Herman Mashaba says it was his most rewarding experience to date
- The outgoing Johannesburg mayor described his time at the helm of the metro as 'brutal'
- Mashaba revealed that he had to learn on his feet following his appointment three years ago
Herman Mashaba has exactly a week left on the job and the Joburg mayor seems keen to put politics behind him.
Speaking during the recent release of Johannesburg's crime statistics, Mashaba described his experience:
“This has been the most rewarding job any human being can have, brutal as it was. This was a brutal job, running a seven-way multiparty government."
The mayor says that, when he was appointed, he had to adapt without prior experience or knowledge of how councils worked.
TimesLIVE reports that Mashaba had resorted to taking sleeping tablets in a bid to get a good night's rest in over the past three years.
The politician praised the Joburg Metro Police department, lauding his administration for 'freeing' officers from political interference, something he hopes will continue under new leadership.
Briefly.co.za reported that finance committee member Funzi Ngobeni has been selected as the Democratic Alliance's mayoral candidate.
Mashaba remembered inheriting a demoralised police force when his administration took over, bulking up capacity and employing 1 500 officers.
While he is leaving his post, Mashaba remains committed to establishing Joburg's own prosecution arm to deal with criminals:
“We sometimes arrest one person three, four, five times, but I am hoping that one day, one day it’s going to happen. It might happen in two years' time, it might be five years' time, but one thing I know is it is going to happen."
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