- Herman Mashaba says his new party will be ready to contest in the 2021 municipal elections
- The formation of this endeavor has been in the pipeline for some time now, with Mashaba engaging in the People's Dialogue first
- While Mashaba was willing to confirm his political intentions, he couldn't confirm whether not Mmusi Maimane was on his team
Herman Mashaba has shed some light on his political aspirations in an exclusive City Press interview.
The former mayor confirmed the launch of his new party in June, adamant that it will be ready to contest in the 2012 municipal elections.
Both Dr Makhosi Khoza and former DA leader Mmusi Maimane had been guests at the events Mashaba has been hosting since his resignation from his post as Johannesburg mayor.
However, Mashaba couldn't confirm if the two would be joining him on his mission to turn South Africa around using the voice of citizens.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mashaba aims to create a party driven by people and not the constraints of 'political self-interest'.
Following the announcement of the party's launch, Mashaba called on South Africans to volunteer and help host and attend dialogues.
The Citizen reports that anyone is welcome to join the party, but will be subjected to a rigorous screening process according to Mashaba.
Mashaba revealed that the endeavor had been in the works since he abandoned the Democratic Alliance over Helen Zille's return. Explaining his goals, the politician said that:
"It is clear to me that the majority of our political parties and politicians operate with self-interest as their primary driver of decision making, and not in the interest of ordinary South Africans. Between factional battles, and those fighting for power and position, the hard work of governing is often reduced to an afterthought."
But South Africans he encountered along his way as mayor renewed hope for the future:
"Despite this, in my time as Mayor, I was fortunate to meet thousands of South Africans from all backgrounds. They confirmed my deep-seated belief that our Country is loaded with potential. We are a proud people and desire to live in a country that works, but we are held back from that possibility by the dynamics of our political system."
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