Former DA Gauteng leader John Moodey has joined Herman Mashaba’s newly formed political party ActionSA, as Mashaba begins outlining the building blocks of his party.
Mashaba made the announcement on Monday when he presented the party’s interim leadership to the public. He said Moodey would serve as Gauteng chairperson.
“I am proud to welcome John Moodey, the former Gauteng provincial leader and federal leader candidate of the DA,” said Mashaba.
The ActionSA leader is looking to field candidates in Durban, Cape Town, Mangaung, and even Nelson Mandela Bay for the 2021 Municipal Elections while bolstering his efforts to win seats in the major municipalities of Gauteng.
“John is a veteran civil servant who has dedicated his life to the service of the South African people. I know him to be someone of great integrity and someone who brings an immense following to ActionSA.”
Over the past year other senior DA members such as Funzela Ngobeni, the DA’s mayoral candidate in Johannesburg after Mashaba’s resignation; Abel Tau, former DA regional chair in Tshwane; and Paul Boughey, former DA CEO, all joined Mashaba. Other politicians who joined the party include former ANC MPs Makhosi Khoza and Vytjie Mentor.
Last month Moodey quit the DA, a party he had served since its formation in 2000, saying he no longer felt at home within the party as it seemed focussed on winning back a core of white voters it had lost.
However, the DA dismissed his argument saying he was running away from disciplinary proceedings that were due to be instituted against him.
Mashaba also announced that Khoza would lead ActionSA in KwaZulu-Natal. Khoza launched the African Democratic Change party in 2017, but resigned the following year amid allegations of making “dictatorial decisions”.
“My bigger mission is beyond the confines of politics and political parties,” she said at the time.
Mentor, meanwhile, has been put in charge of running Mashaba’s party in the Western Cape.
Mashaba said the ActionSA interim senate resolved at its meeting at the weekend to contest more municipalities during next year’s local government elections.
“We can now confirm that, in addition to contesting Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni in 2021, we have now begun the consideration of eThekwini, Cape Town, Mangaung and Nelson Mandela Bay.
“Our assessments will examine the growth in our ground structures in these municipalities, as well as the response of prospective donors to get behind the campaign in these municipalities.
“A critical cause for the decision to expand the focus of our 2021 contestation arises from information revealing the catastrophic declines of incumbent political parties. Not only do large swathes of supporters of these parties appear ready for ActionSA, but so do significant portions of the 18.5 million South Africans who did not vote in 2019.”
This is regardless of the Electoral Commission of SA’s decision to reject ActionSA’s application to register as a political party. The party was flagged by the IEC for having used the South African flag in its logo and the flag was deemed too similar to that of an existing party.
Mashaba said that the party is challenging the ruling.
“The IEC’s decision is based on a perceived similarity with another political party and the use of the SA flag in our logo. We have already written to the IEC, initiating our right to appeal their decision as a result of its incorrect application of the law.
“We regard the IEC to have acted irrationally in their decision. We submit that our identifying features remain sufficiently different from the Party of Action (POA), a political party that has never contested elections before despite registering.
“The IEC has applied legislation to Action SA that has not been applied to any number of political parties whose logos draw inspiration from the SA flag. This is a clear case of the IEC acting beyond its legal mandate,” said Mashaba.
Mashaba also announced that the party would be making more appointments in the coming weeks.