We need ‘accidental mayors’ like Mashaba and Jordaan

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Former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba. Picture: Lucky Morajane
Former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba. Picture: Lucky Morajane


As much as the narrative of Herman Mashaba’s new book is about him, and yet another depressing tale about ANC corruption and mismanagement, it can also be read as a story about the DA, especially its existential identity crisis, writes Solani Ngobeni

There is something strangely similar between Herman Mashaba and Danny Jordaan’s time as a mayor as captured in The Accidental Mayor: Herman Mashaba and the Battle for Johannesburg and Crispian Olver’s How to Steal a City: The Battle for Nelson Mandela Bay, an Inside Account.

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