South Africa: At a Crossroads, Maimane and Mashaba Choose Different Paths to Political Future


Herman Mashaba and Mmusi Maimane left the Democratic Alliance together three months ago, but on the eve of Mashaba's launching a political party, their paths seem to have diverged.

There were rumblings over the weekend of a fallout between former DA leader Mmusi Maimane and the party's former Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba. They walked out of the party together in October, severely disgruntled, shortly after the return of former leader Helen Zille to the position of federal council chair.

At issue now seems to be differences over the road towards the 2021 local government elections.

"Mashaba is eager to contest elections next year, whereas Mmusi is saying let there be a strong people's movement first," an insider said. On Sunday, Mashaba told City Press he would be announcing the launch of a new political party by the end of June 2020, and this would spring from the People's Dialogue platform he started after leaving the DA. The aim of this platform was to gather information and listen to what ordinary people had to say about issues that affected them. Mashaba didn't want to confirm whether Maimane was part of his plan.

On Sunday evening Maimane cryptically tweeted: "Our movement for...

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