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Herman Mashaba: I will not tolerate racism

Mashaba was elected as the DA’s mayoral candidate for Johannesburg this morning.

Democratic Alliance’s newly elected mayoral candidate for Johannesburg Herman Mashaba. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.
Democratic Alliance,Herman Mashaba
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - While the debate over race continues in the country, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) newly elected mayoral candidate for Johannesburg Herman Mashaba says he will not tolerate racism from any race adding that he was the first person to lodge a complaint with the police over Penny Sparrow’s racist post.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced the Black Like Me hair range founder as the party’s mayoral candidate for Johannesburg this morning.

Mashaba says his lengthy experience as a successful business man will come in handy to address issues such as unemployment.

He says he is concerned about corruption, substance abuse and racism amongst other issues.

The mayoral candidate says he has laid a charge with the police against Sparrow who made headlines after she referred to black beach goers as monkeys in a Facebook post.

“It took me two hours to convince the police because when I went to the officer in charge he said I don’t have a case. I said look at what this woman has done to me as a black person and I agreed it was not directed specifically to me.”

He says the challenges in the country have made him pursue a life serving as a public servant.

“With the deteriorating, radical situation in South Africa, there is no way that I would be complaisant and say: Herman you’ve made it and move on.”

Maimane says Mashaba like many South Africans stood against the odds of poverty to make a success of himself.

“He’s not depending on government, he took his destiny into his own hands and founded a company called Black Like Me. It is a true story of someone who’s taken from poverty to great success.” 

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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