DA’s Bongani Baloyi Leaves the Opposition Party After 14 Years of Public Service, Says He Was Not Forced

DA’s Bongani Baloyi Leaves the Opposition Party After 14 Years of Public Service, Says He Was Not Forced

  • Bongani Baloyi announced that he has tendered his resignation to the Democratic Alliance after 14 years of public service
  • Baloyi said that he is leaving of his own accord and that nobody forced him to exit from the opposition party
  • The former executive mayor of the Midvaal Local Municipality has a track record of scoring high on audits

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JOHANNESBURG - Bongani Baloyi, who until recently served as the Executive Mayor of the Midvaal Local Municipality, has announced that he will no longer be working for the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Baloyi announced his exit from the opposition party on social media, emphasising that it was his choice to leave and he was not forced to do so.

"Like that. I leave on my time and terms, with a clean track record in government and the party. Now it's time for me to focus on exciting opportunities before me. Good luck to the friends, colleagues and leadership of the DA. We will meet somewhere," Baloyi tweeted.

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Bongani Baloyi, Democratic Alliance, DA, opposition party, executive mayor, Midvaal Local Municipality
Bongani Baloyi has left the Democratic Alliance after 14 years of public service. Image: Twitter/ @Our_DA
Source: Twitter

Baloyi's resignation letter and announcement details

According to News24, Baloyi has a track record of scoring high in his past seven audits, which points to him running the municipality in a stable and financially sound manner.

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Baloyi was just 26 years old when he was elected to the position of executive mayor, making him the youngest South African in that role.

He has stated on numerous occasions that he believes engaging with the local communities and avoiding corruption are the keys to a successful local municipality.

Read Baloyi's resignation letter here:

Reactions to Baloyi's departure from the DA

@MbalulaFikile asked:

@ScottHRoberts1 said:

"It's normal for talented, qualified people to move between public and private sector employment as new challenges and opportunities present themselves."

@OwenChipen shared:

@hlubizer believes:

"Zille and Steenhuisen have taken DA to extreme right. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out."

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@nlan6564 remarked:

"Mashaba is really poaching some good politicians."

AfriForum and the DA welcome the court's decision to send Zuma back to prison

Previously, Briefly News reported that civil society group AfriForum said it welcomed the Pretoria High Court's decision to send former President Jacob Zuma back to prison to serve out his sentence. AfriForum called on Msholozi to accept the judgement and follow the rule of law on the matter.

Ernst Roets, the Head of Policy and Action at AfriForum, said the organisation was very concerned about the double standards South African courts have displayed when it comes to senior politicians.

Roets explained that the treatment of the courts of certain politicians is the main reason the organisation got involved in Zuma's medical parole matter. He added that the civil society group was pleased with the outcome of the judgement.

Source: Briefly News

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