- Former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba isn't wasting any time with his movement
- The politician revealed that The People's Dialogue has been flooded by requests to form a new party
- This move could come around as soon as June, according to Mashaba
The leader of The People's Dialogue Herman Mashaba says he is considering turning his movement into a political party.
Speaking to Alex News, Mashaba says that over 10 million comments had been sent in since engagements began:
“A lot of people have called for transformation of the movement into a political party and they also suggested its participation in the 2021 local government elections in Gauteng’s major metropolitan areas."
But Mashaba says that he isn't surprised that South Africans have been calling for an alternative:
“It’s not surprising that the people have called for this. They need an alternative they can trust to ease the issues this country is facing. Some liberation movements haven’t attempted to prevent the country from collapsing even after usurping the power of self-determination from the people."
The formation of this party could happen as soon as June, with comments currently being compiled into a final report which is set to be published late next month.
The party's mandate, according to Mashaba, would be based on a non-racial society, free market-driven economics, social justice and the rule of law securing an end to corruption:
“These values are based on those people who are without a political party to trust, to those who didn’t vote and those who voted for different political parties at the last general elections.”
The former DA politician called out current South African leadership, insisting that they were 'recycled criminals':
“The National Prosecuting Authority received over 6 000 cases of corruption worth R35 billion in the City of Joburg, but they have either been withdrawn or are still pending despite overwhelming documented evidence. The country’s economy is in ruins because of corruption, but we rather reward the criminals than prosecute them.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Mashaba had opted to leave the Democratic Alliance after Helen Zille had returned to the opposition party.
This was closely followed by former leader Mmusi Maimane opting to throw in the towel and begin a movement of his own.
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