- The DA's City of Tshwane regional chairperson Abel Tau has made some decisive career moves on Thursday
- Herman Mashaba has revealed that Tau has thrown in the towel with the opposition party in favour of joining his team
- This comes as The People's Dialogue prepares to officially launch as a political party later next month
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Herman Mashaba has welcomed Abel Tau, the DA's Tshwane regional chair, to the fold according to an announcement made on Thursday.
The People's Dialogue leader and founder confirmed that Tau had resigned with immediate effect from his post with the opposition party.
Mashaba is adamant that his party is no place for failed politicians and is confident that Tau is the perfect fit:
"When I announced the formation of our new party, I made a few things clear. We do not want to be a home for politicians who have failed our residents, and any politician joining us would need to pass through the proverbial eye of the needle. It is my view that Abel passes both of these tests with flying colours."
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Tau, according to Mashaba, isn't chasing power or positions but rather an opportunity to serve:
"What is clear is that Abel does not seek positions within the party and wants to sign up as an ordinary member, along with the thousands who have joined to date. He brings important skills in coordinating our ground structures in Tshwane which will be invaluable. This is one of the strengths of our party, our commitment that residents will choose our candidates through primaries, means that any person wishing to stand will have to pass this test if they want to serve as a public representative."
The former Joburg mayor confidently feels that his party, which is set to launch in August, is capable of overthrowing the ANC:
"Abel decided to resign from the DA and join our new party out of his commitment to be part of a movement that can unseat the ANC and can improve the lives of all South Africans."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that former ANC MP and state capture whistleblower Vytjie Mentor has also joined forces with Herman Mashaba and his new political movement.
In a statement celebrating Mentor's decision to join his crusade, Mashaba commented that:
“Vytjie was one of the few ANC MPs who were brave enough to stand up and speak out against the state capture taking place in South Africa. At great personal risk, she spoke of how she was offered a ministerial position by the Guptas, in exchange for cancelling SAA’s routes to India, and how she turned it down."
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