- The People's Dialogue has a new member, David Tembe
- Mashaba announced that the former JMPD Chief of Police has joined his party
- Tembe stepped down from his position in March after some internal issues
The People's Dialogue has a new member, David Tembe. Former Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba tweeted on Tuesday:
"Today I am pleased to announce David Tembe as the newest recruit to The People’s Dialogue and the political party we are working to form".
David Tembe is a former JMPD Chief of Police in Johannesburg. Tembe stepped down from his position in March. He and JMPD metro agreed to keep the terms of the separation agreement confidential.
In January, after the ANC won the city back from the DA, Public Safety MMC Mally Mokoena was secretly recorded ordering the head of department, William Mazibuko, to immediately place Tembe on suspension during a meeting with 13 officers who were expressing their grievances after being suspended by Tembe.
Around 68 senior officers logged a grievance against Tembe last year citing, among others, allegations of misconduct.
Tembe was appointed in March 2018. His public safety career began in 1981 as a paramedic with the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS).
Mashaba added that he and Tembe will work to design a blueprint to make South Africa a safer place for law abiding citizens, and a place where criminals live in fear.
The controversial former DA member whose mayorship was epitomised by his #MashabaWorks hashtag has often been accused of xenophobia. His "Cleaning up Johannesburg" views have been likened to xenophobia because he targeted foreigners.
Mashaba has also been very been very vocal about his stance on the closure of South Africa's borders.
Mashaba said his political party will be different from the rest and will draw on various expertise available in South Africa.
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