- People's Dialogue founder Herman Mashaba will be launching his political party in August
- The former Joburg mayor and DA politician announced the move during a virtual press conference on Wednesday
- The party will be contesting the local government elections in three Gauteng metros next year
Herman Mashaba has announced that he will be launching his highly anticipated political party in August.
The former Johannesburg mayor confirmed that the party contesting the 2021 local government elections in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.
Mashaba confirmed the formation of the party had been inspired by the engagements of The People's Dialogue which he established in December.
” I can say without any doubt that we will launch this political party to contest the 2021 Local Government Elections next year. People often ask me how this party will be different from the parties that came before us, for instance, AGANG, on a light-hearted note I can emphatically say that I won’t be kissing Helen anytime soon.”
Following the local elections, Mashaba intends to use the performance of the party to attract support for the 2024 national elections.
” Our political party will identify municipalities that are strategic in nature and where we win, we will govern in these municipalities and will demonstrate value by improving the lives of the people living in these municipalities. I can say with certainty that we will absolutely be contesting the three Metros in Gauteng where the African National Congress (ANC) is already under 50% in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.”
Mashaba also revealed that he would consider coalition arrangements with any party with the exception of the ANC.
” I embrace coalition arrangements, going forward without any doubt. I will go into a coalition arrangement with any party that is going to contest so far that I’m aware of with the exception of the ANC. I will not go into a coalition arrangement with the ANC but I will go into a coalition arrangement with all other parties.”
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