Mashaba’s new party a viable option for Gauteng residents, says analyst

Johannesburg – Organisation have weighed in on the newly launched political party, Action South Africa, with some questioning if it will have enough influence to unseat the governing party African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng.

Action SA is led by former Democratic Alliance (DA) Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba and was launched on Saturday.

Mashaba says the party is committed to correcting what he called “a brokeb political system”.

Among its member so far are former DA regional leaders Funzela Ngobeni and Abel Tau as well as former ANC MPs Vytjie Mentor and Makhosi Khoza, who criticised corruption under former President Jacob Zuma’s administration.

Mashaba promised hard diplomacy, reformed policing, to uproot corruption, revive the economy and clamp down illegal immigrants.

Analysts have expressed mixed emotions about the political future of the new party.

However, political analyst Ralph Mathekga said Action SA was a viable option for Gauteng residents.

“There is a space for people to carve a different politics that is quite realistic [and] deals with transformation and the main issues in society, but not from the prism of what I’ve seen being offered,” said Mathekga.

“South Africa, with over 50 million people, still has a lot to offer when it comes to political parties in the country,” he added.

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