- Bongani Baloyi posted on social media that young people in politics can look up to Julius Malema as an example of someone who succeeded after leaving a party
- Baloyi recently left the Democratic Alliance to join ActionSA under the leadership of Herman Mashaba
- Some leaders in the Democratic Alliance, such as Helen Zille, do not think that Baloyi's move was a wise decision
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Bongani Baloyi addressed statements following his recent departure from the Democratic Alliance (DA) to join ActionSA. He cited Julius Malema as one of his inspirations.
Julius Malema, who leads the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), was previously a member of the African National Congress (ANC) and its Youth League before leaving in 2012 to start his own political party.
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Baloyi's move from the DA to ActionSA
Baloyi previously served as Midvaal mayor and was a member of the DA. He recently left to join ActionSA under the leadership of Herman Mashaba, TimesLIVE reports. However, Helen Zille disagrees that his move was the best one to make.
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Zille, the DA's federal chairperson, believes that Baloyi will eventually regret leaving the party. Despite rumours that Zille and Baloyi butted heads, the federal chairperson claims that they have always enjoyed pleasant interactions.
“I don’t believe in whatever the DA is trying to do at this point in time. I don’t have anything personal against Helen Zille, or John Steenhuisen for that matter, but the entire body [of the] DA and what it has become today is a space that’s foreign to me and I want to go elsewhere,” Baloyi said.
Reactions to Baloyi's statements about Malema
"Julius is the greatest politician of our times."
"There's a difference between leaving and expulsion."
"Quiet frankly Bongani the time of partisan politics has ended. We have to vote on a point by point basis."
"Bongani, the correct message is one that demonstrates the short-coming of other parties as a correct reason for young people to leave and join ActionSA."
"Why are people even members of political parties? It's not about the parties, it's about our country."
Herman Mashaba tenders resignation as Joburg councillor, wants ActionSA to beat ANC in 2024
Speaking of ActionSA, Briefly News previously reported that ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba announced today (31 January) that he has resigned as councillor for Johannesburg to focus on building up his party to a level where it can take on the African National Congress (ANC) in the 2024 election.
Mashaba's resignation comes just three months after being sworn into the role in November. However, the ActionSA leader feels that his party is his top priority now and requires all of his time and focus.
In his announcement, Mashaba said that he will work to grow ActionSA at a provincial level across South Africa. Currently, Gauteng is the province that supports the party the most.
Source: Briefly News