- Herman Mashaba's party, ActionSA, has registered with the Independent Electoral Commission
- The process was started immediately after the party was first launched less than a month ago
- Mashaba is wasting no time in ensuring that the party will be able to contest in the upcoming local government election
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Herman Mashaba enjoyed a proud moment on Thursday with the registration of ActionSA with the Independent Electoral Commission.
In a statement on this achievement, Mashaba explained that the process was started immediately after the party was finally unveiled last month:
"ActionSA underwent the registration process immediately after its launch, which included obtaining the signatures of 500 registered voters who support the establishment of our new party. I am pleased to say that our teams on the ground obtained the signatures of well over 1000 registered voters within just a matter of hours."
The support for the former Joburg mayor's party had been so immense that his team had been flooded with requests to sign what Mashaba referred to as an 'important deed of foundation'.
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The party will be operating on a national level with Mashaba making it clear contesting the next local election is just the start:
"We have registered as a political party at a national level, across all 9 provinces, because our ultimate goal – irrespective of where we contest next year’s local government election – will be to challenge for national power in the 2024 General Elections."
Mashaba explained that he viewed the registration of his party as a milestone in his crusade to deliver an alternative party to citizens:
"Our registration is yet another milestone in this project to deliver a real alternative to the people of South Africa, who have been failed by their political system, and have expressed their wishes for ActionSA to be the party to unite our country around a vision for a prosperous future."
The ActionSA leader felt it was appropriate that this move came just hours after the shift to Level 1 lockdown was announced:
"I believe it is highly appropriate that we register this party the day after President Ramaphosa announced the move to level 1 lockdown regulations, because we will dedicate ActionSA to being the party of economic solutions that will create jobs and prosperity for all South Africans."
Mashaba concluded by thanking the 'millions' of citizens who engaged in The People's Dialogue which saw enabled conversations on the nation's political goals to take place:
"Our registration today is a proud moment for ActionSA and the millions of South Africans who have participated in the dialogue that laid the foundation of our new party."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced the shift to Level 1 on Wednesday evening which is set to take effect from Sunday at midnight.
This comes as SA records declining infections, with the spotlight turned onto economic recovery.
The 'pandemic quarter', as Stats SA dubbed the second quarter of this financial year, saw the GDP contracting by 51%.
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