- Herman Mashaba has revealed that DA Johannesburg Regional Chairperson Funzi Ngobeni has joined his movement
- In a statement on the move, Mashaba explained that Ngobeni opted to throw in the towel at the opposition party
- Former DA CEO Paul Boughey has also joined the ranks of the new political party
Herman Mashaba has announced that his political party has some new faces joining his movement.
In a statement, Mashaba announced Funzi Ngobeni and Paul Boughey have joined the efforts to bring around political change in SA:
"Johannesburg Regional Chairperson and Caucus Leader, Funzi Ngobeni, has opted to resign and join our efforts to build a new political alternative in SA. He will be leading our essential campaign to develop wall-to-wall structures on the ground in the communities, that will carry our offer to the front doors of South Africans."
Mashaba explained that Funzi had proved his worth during his time at the helm of Johannesburg as it's mayor:
"Funzi served as the MMC for Finance and Leader of Executive Business. He proved himself as a strong and skilled leader, committed to doing what was right for the people of Johannesburg."
Mashaba said that Funzi had proven himself in the private sector before entering into politics and would be bringing this experience with him:
"This is what I mean when I say that politicians who join us will have to pass through the eye of the proverbial needle and prove they can be servants of the people and not servants of the party."
But this isn't the only DA politician to join ranks with Mashaba's movement for change, with former CEO Paul Boughey joining the crusade:
"Paul brings immense strategic experience to the work of establishing the new political party. Both of these individuals are deeply committed to the project of building a new political alternative that places the people of South Africa at the centre of its work. They share my dedication to building a non-racial future for South Africa, through an absolute commitment to redress the legacy of our unjust past. Critically, they are devoted to building a new alternative that can actually unseat the ANC and improve the lives of the people of SA."
Mashaba says that despite the exodus from the DA, he wouldn't be following the trend of trash-talking the individual's former political party:
"We will not follow the pattern of political parties holding press conferences to announce these moves, and rubbish the parties from which our new recruits come."
Briefly.co.za reported that Mashaba is expected to launch his new party later this year after citizens prompted him to return to politics under his own banner.
Mashaba had resigned from the DA after Helen Zille had made a surprising return to the opposition party.
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