- Herman Mashaba's party is already making waves with #VoetsekActionSA trending on Tuesday morning
- Some felt that the party was failing to attract enough young politicians while others lamented the stance on illegal immigrants
- However, many felt that Mashaba's time as mayor in Joburg had proven his worth as a politician
Herman Mashaba's political party ActionSA seems to be attracting some drama already. On Tuesday morning, #VoetsekActionSA was trending as Mzansi debated the merits of the party online.
Some citizens felt that the party was leaning too much on former Democratic Alliance members. One user, identified as @tshepaMotshewa, commented that:
"Herman Mashaba's ActionSA is a cut and paste political party of political demagogues. Like a typical opportunist, he has recruited politically depressed and failed ambitious politicians whom he expects to attract disillusioned and demoralised ignorant black voters."
Another key issue seems to be the lack of young politicians in the party with Mashaba commenting on the issue that:
"The process of co-opting Youth membership onto our Interim Senate has already begun. The Youth of our country will become the centre of our agenda."
Mashaba's firm stance against illegal immigrants in South Africa has also shone a spotlight on the party, who commented that:
"Those leaders that have destroyed a country, & driven millions across our borders cannot be allowed to enjoy the luxuries of South African banks, hotels & shopping centres."
While many had negative comments, supporters voiced their opinion that Mashaba had proven his worthwhile leading in Johannesburg. One user commented that:
"Ya'll busy with #VoetsekActionSA forgetting that Herman Mashaba was the first and only Mayor to tackle illegal immigration and he never changed his tune. Right now he runs a political organisation and must do everything professionally and right by the book."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that former Gauteng leader for the DA, John Moodey, had joined the party in a surprising move. This comes as a vast number of former opposition members opted to migrate to the party, citing a lack of common ground with the DA.
The IEC had also opted to reject the party's application, claiming that the symbol chosen was too similar to an existing party's. ActionSA had already signalled its intention to challenge this finding, eager to register in time for the upcoming elections.
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