- Herman Mashaba says that the 'dialogue' has come to an end and the time for action has arrived
- In a statement, the former mayor voiced how he was encouraged by the proof that SA values what he 'holds dear'
- The politician revealed the values he claims both his party and citizens have in common
Herman Mashaba says the dialogue has drawn to an end and the 'time for action' has come.
The People's Dialogue was founded by the former DA Joburg mayor shortly after his resignation from the opposition party.
In a statement released on Thursday, Mashaba said that the engagement period has drawn to a close and now the difficult task of building his new political party has started.
Mashaba explained how he aims to build a credible alternative to the ANC and had been “deeply touched by the level of patriotism, goodwill and belief in a better future that has been evident from the engagements to date”:
“We have already begun the work of analysing the millions of engagements we have had from South Africans of all walks of life and across the political spectrum. All the inputs received will be analysed and presented at an event I will be convening on March 24, where the voices of these South Africans will be heard. This is an essential part of our approach, we want to hear from the people of this country and draw on their passion, expertise and goodwill.”
The politician said the feedback had revealed to him that many South Africans shared similar values to his and four major issues had emerged from the engagements.
First, citizens signalled their interest in an economy that isn't dominated by the state:
“South Africans want businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed in a just economy where the private sector is supported by government, but not dominated by it."
Second, Mashaba said citizens wanted to move towards a non-racial society:
“South Africans want a non-racial future for their country, but recognise this can only be achieved through a universal recognition of racial inequality, and a concerted government programme aimed at addressing the legacy of our apartheid past."
Third, citizens wanted the rule of law to prevail within our borders:
“South Africans want the rule of law, effective policing and our corrupt politicians to face justice for stealing from the people. This includes stronger border controls and effective management of illegal immigration."
Fourth, South Africans were calling for a new political system:
“South Africans are fed up with their political system, recognise that it does not serve their interests and want a system where they hold politicians directly accountable and not through political parties.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Mashaba recently welcomed two DA heavyweights to his political party.
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."
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