- Herman Mashaba and Mmusi Maimane have issued a joint statement on their endeavours together
- The former Joburg mayor explained that they have both engaged in separate, but complementary initiatives
- This comes as Mashaba gears up to launch his political party later this year
Herman Mashaba and Mmusi Maimane have released a joint statement to explain that they are actually on two separate missions.
The confusion has set in after both Maimane and Mashaba confirmed that the former leader joined the latter's endeavour to bring change to South Africa.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mashaba had recently confirmed he is willing to work alongside Maimane:
"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."
But the statement reveals that Maimane has his own plans, with no clear intention yet to get involved in the politics of the new formation:
"Both initiatives have the common goal of fixing our country and building a South Africa that works for all its people. Importantly, we do not see these as competing initiatives, but rather complementary ones. While Herman is focussed on building a political party that can contest local government elections in 2021, Mmusi is dedicated to the objective of building a national movement that can unite forces to fix our country."
Mashaba has forged ahead with The People's Dialogue, which he hopes will translate into a successful political party.
Meanwhile, Maimane has engaged in the Movement for One South Africa, a similar but not identical crusade:
"As part of these engagements, the formation of the new political party is also under discussion, although these discussions are at a very early stage. The Movement for One South Africa will continue its work to bring change and sees no clash of ideas with the project being undertaken by Herman. Our engagements will continue as we work together to fix our country and bring the change we need."
The joint statement highlighted that the bond between the two remains firmly intact:
"We would like to emphasise that we have the deepest respect for one another and continue to support each other's respective, independent efforts to deliver real, transformational change in South Africa."
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