-Herman Mashaba was loved by many during his tenure as Joburg's mayor
- When he resigned from the Democratic Alliance, Mashaba claimed he would be taking a break from politics
- But now it seems as if a new contender may be emerging on South Africa's political scene
If you have been missing Herman Mashaba, you may well be in luck as a new political party could be on the horizon.
SABC reports that Mashaba had teamed up with ex-DA boss Mmusi Maimane to launch The People's Dialogue.
The platform had encouraged citizens to debate what they felt was going wrong, or right, in Mzansi.
Now it seems as if this collaboration could see the pair forming a political party of their own to call home.
Mashaba made this revelation while calling on South Africans to voice their opinions before the end of February.
A party for the people, by the people, seems to be the end goal here, with Mashaba explaining that over half of the country failed to vote in the elections last year:
“We live in a democracy that is relatively new, and in a country that is spectacularly failing but at the same time, people are not going out."
The South African reports that Mashaba blames this on citizens giving up on believing they have the power. This, according to the politician, is why he and Maimane had opted to consult with the country before launching their party:
“It is so that people can understand that individually and collectively, we have the responsibility. If we have to save this country, we are not going to do it with AK47s, we will save this country with civil society, standing up for our rights, standing up to go and vote and standing up for making sure that we are holding our political parties accountable."
The submissions made by citizens had encouraged the formation of this party, explains Mashaba:
“So far the indications are overwhelming to indicate that we need a new political formation. With millions of contributions or submissions already received, South Africans and I have the same fears. If I have to close the submissions today, it is enough to form a political party, however, I have committed to run this process until the end of February."
Briefly.co.za reported that Mashaba had opted to throw in the towel after the appointment of Helen Zille made it clear it wasn't the party for him.
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