Corrupt, racist and “a bunch of radicals” can no longer speak on behalf of the people of South Africa, says Herman Mashaba, leader of Action SA, the newest political party in the country.
Mashaba’s party was virtually launched on Saturday.
There were a number of technical problems which, according to Mashaba, were due to a power outage.
Yet there were about 1,000 people watching it all the time and enthusiastically commenting.
Makhosi Khoza and the corruption whistleblower Vytjie Mentor, former ANC MPs, Mandisa Mashego, former provincial chairperson of the EFF in Gauteng, and the well-known forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan pledged their support to Action SA.
Former EFF member Mandisa Mashego previously said that the “EFF is the only party for black people”. Mashego also advocated for land expropriation.
Mashaba says South Africans must speak out against racism, corruption, nepotism and cadre deployment.
“We were silent for too long,” said Mashaba.
Action SA stands for a non-racial future, social justice and a free market system in which opportunities will be created for people.
This will be remedied by, among other things, removing all obstacles in the way of small businesses and viewing the private sector as a partner in creating a prosperous South Africa and not as an enemy.
“Politics is not about skin color, but about values. “We must not vote for a political party that looks like us, but we must vote for what the party stands for,” Mashaba said.
“The opposition has let South Africa down because they do not find wide appeal. Nor do they have the ability to lift the ANC off the cushions.
“We will change that. Where we participate next year (with the local election), we will win, ”said Mashaba.
He says it is the party’s goal to win the next general election in 2024.
Mashaba acknowledged it would not be an easy task to put the country back on the path to prosperity.
“I am known as someone who means what I say and says what I mean: I hate corruption.