- Former Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has announced his new endeavour
- Maimane will be joining Herman Mashaba as he launches his new political party
- The politician highlighted that the new party is a movement for change led by citizens
Mmusi Maimane has announced that he will be joining former DA member Herman Mashaba as he launches a new political party.
While Maimane's presence in the party has been confirmed, it remains unclear which role he will end up presiding over.
Speaking to 702, Maimane stressed that the movement would be led by South Africans seeking change:
"It is important that we call it South African citizens under a movement for change. We are already recruiting South Africans from all parts of the country. To bring change is not going to take one individual, it will take a network of citizens."
The former Johannesburg mayor had engaged with citizens under the banner of The People's Dialogue. The new party is expected to be launched in June, with plans to contest next year's municipal elections.
As for the plan to contest the upcoming elections, Maimane insisted any representatives would be selected by those who put them in power:
"Even if we contest for the elections, those elected are elected by the people. I am confident that this movement will bring a coalition of South Africans to bring change."
Mashaba took to social media to confirm Maimane joining the as-yet-unnamed party, commenting:
"I can also confirm our willingness and readiness to work with Mmusi Maimane and other like-minded South Africans when the new political party is formed to serve people of our country."
Mashaba rose to popularity during his reign over Joburg, with numerous people, including the Economic Freedom Fighters, lauding him as a brilliant politician.
Briefly.co.za reported that the news of this new party has thus far been well-received but it hasn't all been smooth sailing. Mashaba recently hinted that former president Jacob Zuma had a hand in 'tearing down' the nation, which was met with criticism by the ex-mayor's followers.
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