- After closing a two term tenure, former DA mayor of the Midvaal Local Municipality Bongani Baloyi has now moved to ActionSA
- The former public servant said he left the opposition party on good terms and was grateful for his 10 year record with the party
- The political move came as a surprise to some South Africans and an expectation to others who took to social media to unpack the recent announcement
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Former mayor of the Midvaal Local Municipality in Gauteng, Bongani Baloyi has bowed out of his longstanding political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), to join ActionSA.
Responding to various speculations about his departure, Baloyi, who had served two terms as mayor, said he was nobody’s victim and did not base his decision on any discrepancies between himself and his former political party. Reports quoted him confirming that there were no hard feelings between him and the DA insisting that he wasn’t removed but instead left on good terms.
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Baloyi is a South African politician. In 2013, he was elected executive mayor of the Midvaal Local Municipality. He was only 26 years old at the time, and he consequently became the youngest mayor in South Africa.
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“My joining ActionSA is not out of anger, but actually because of hope that lies ahead of me. I believe this is a realignment of our politics. We have one enemy, and that is the African National Congress," he said as reported on News24.
He will join ActionSA's senate and Mashaba had only good things to say about his party’s newest member at a recent media briefing, saying Baloyi’s 10-year record in politics would help develop the party.
IOL stated that Baloyi expressed pride and appreciation of his record with the DA and serving as a public representative of the residents of Midvaal.
Online users had differing views on the politician’s recent move and took to Twitter to share their reactions:
“He could have been honest like most people who left DA instead of making it seem as if he is going to the private sector.”
“They probably would've have sabotaged. Wait and see how the whole DA bunch Twitter.”
“Yah noh, this was very much expected. I was wondering what's taking him so long. ActionSA recruits from DA whilst EFF recruits from ANC and its alliances, AZAPO and PAC. will be doing this week.”
“This is a major coup, Mashaba has an eye for talent.”
“Get Mmusi maimane then you are complete. Well done.”
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“Onwards and upwards.”
DA’s Bongani Baloyi leaves the opposition party after 14 years of public service
Briefly News previously reported on 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.
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.
Source: Briefly News