- Herman Mashaba is bidding farewell to the City of Johannesburg as its mayor
- Wednesday is officially his last day on the job and it seems the moment has been emotional
- Mashaba thanked the people for their support during the time he spent as leader
Herman Mashaba has sent the City of Johannesburg his final message as mayor, completing his last day on the job on Wednesday.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mashaba had resigned in the aftermath following Helen Zille's appointment as Democratic Alliance federal council chairperson.
Mashaba took a moment to thank Economic Freedom Fighter council members for their goodwill during his reign.
The metro had been led by the DA through a seven-party coalition, including the EFF and COPE.
The Red Berets had noted his resignation with sadness, commending him for leading the coalition with respect and humility.
Mashaba has kept his next move tightly under wraps, simply saying that he was relieved to put politics in the past after having a stressful time.
The outgoing mayor seemed to have enjoyed at least some aspects of his position, Joburg residents that:
"It’s my last day as the number one resident of this beautiful city. I will miss this job very dearly. Thank you for the opportunity and for trusting me with this privilege."
Meanwhile, political parties are gearing up to contest the election for Mashaba's replacement, with EFF leader Julius Malema adamant that it is time for the Red Berets to lead in Jozi.
Malema has insisted the EFF would refrain from entering into any coalitions that didn't have them coming out on top.
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