Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba resigns from the DA

Mashaba was speaking at a media briefing on Monday following the announcement of Helen Zille as the Democratic Alliance’s Federal Council chair on Sunday.

FILE: Heman Mashaba. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba announced his resignation from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Mashaba was speaking at a media briefing on Monday following the announcement of Helen Zille as the DA’s Federal Council chair on Sunday.

He said his resignation would come into effect on 27 November 2019.

He said the DA was no longer the same party he joined in 2014 and that when he joined, it was because he believed in Mmusi Maimane’s vision.

“I am gravely concerned that the DA I signed up to is not the one that emerged from this past weekend…”

Last week, Mashaba told 702 ahead of the Federal Council meeting that he would resign if the party was to be taken over by what he called right-wing elements.


Mashaba said he believed that government coalitions were the future of South African politics.

“For a political party to back away from such arrangements 18 months before local government elections that will invariably produce more coalitions, is tantamount to declaring to being unsuitable for the future of this country.”

Mashaba said the election of Zille as FedCo chair represented “a victory for people in the DA who stand diametrically opposed to my beliefs and value system and I believe those of most South Africans of all backgrounds".

“I cannot reconcile myself with a group of people who believe that race is irrelevant in the discussion of inequality and poverty in South Africa in 2019.”


DA leader Mmusi Maimane said although he respected Mashaba’s decision to resign from the party and ultimately the city, he wanted him to stay on.

Maimane said he pleaded with Mashaba not to vacate office until the end of his five-year term as mayor, saying he has done exceptionally well in the post.

“When we met together, we wanted to pursue a vision of one South Africa for all and that struggle must continue.
That fight is one we are not going to shy away from. We took our tasks to say it’s possible for white South Africans and black South Africans to work together. We pursue the task of saying let’s continue building one South Africa for all, one where we address the historical injustices.”

At the same time, Zille whose appointment has divided the opposition party said Mashaba's departure was regrettable.

She was speaking to 702's Eusebius MacKaiser on Monday while Mashaba was briefing the media on his resignation.

“I don’t know why he’s resigned. My understanding from some people was, he thought I would bring to an end his mayoralty in Johannesburg and so I am told, I don’t know if this is true or not. I haven’t spoken to him. So, he wanted to resign before his government was taken out.”

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