- Just weeks after announcing his resignation from the Democratic Alliance, John Moodey has jumped ship
- Moodey has since revealed that he has joined Herman Mashaba's new political party, ActionSA
- Mashaba has lauded Moodey as a veteran civil servant with great integrity
John Moodey has joined forces with Herman Mashaba's new party ActionSA shortly after his resignation from the Democratic Alliance.
Commenting on the move, Mashaba sang the former DA Gauteng leader's praises confirming that he will be taking up the position of provisional chair:
“John is a veteran civil servant who has dedicated his life to the service of the SA people,” Mashaba said after the inaugural meeting of ActionSA’s interim senate, which is the party’s national leadership structure and highest decision-making body outside the conference. I know him to be someone of great integrity."
BusinessLIVE reports that Moodey had been a member of the opposition party for over 2 decades and had been set to contest party leadership against interim leader John Steenhuisen.
Other senior DA members, including Funzela Ngobeni, Abel Tau and Baul Boughey have all opted to join Mashaba's fast-growing team.
Former Economic Freedom Fighter Gauteng chairperson Mandisa Mashego has also hinted at being open to the idea of joining ActionSA.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Independent Electoral Commission of SA had rejected Mashaba's application to register as a political party.
This decision had been taken after it emerged that there was the similarity of ActionSA's symbol or distinguishing mark to that of Party of Action, another political party already registered with the IEC.
ActionSA has already signalled its intention to appeal the IEC's decision. If the party remains unable to register it will not be able to contest in the fast-approaching elections.
Mashaba has confirmed that he intends to consider contesting in eThekwini, Cape Town, Mangaung and Nelson Mandela Bay:
“Our assessments will examine the growth in our ground structures in these municipalities, as well as the response of prospective donors to get behind the campaign in these municipalities."
Mashaba explained that this decision was based on declining support for political competition:
“A critical cause for the decision to expand the focus of our 2021 contestation arises from information revealing the catastrophic declines of incumbent political parties. Not only do large swathes of supporters of these parties appear ready for ActionSA, but so do significant portions of the 18.5-million South Africans who did not vote in 2019.”
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