DA loses more leaders to Mashaba’s ActionSA

If we had a drink for every time a DA member left the party to join Herman Mashaba’s ActionSA, we’d be pretty tipsy. 😜 This week, former Midvaal mayor and political wunderkind Bongani Baloyi announced that he’s joining the green party, after making waves when he resigned from the DA a month ago. He cited the “DA’s baggage” for his decision, adding that he’s heading towards greener pastures (pun intended). ☘️

The party was formed in 2020 by a disgruntled Mashaba, one of many high-profile black leaders to abandon the party in recent years as it started catering to a more conservative, white base. Other former high-ranking DA members who joined ActionSA are John Moodley, Abel Tau, Funzi Ngobeni and Lincoln Machaba. 

It’s a loss for the DA: Baloyi is something of a superstar mayor, stepping into the role in his twenties and taking Midvaal from the 16th best-performing municipality in 2013 to the fifth, with improved auditing outcomes. He is a strong contender for Gauteng premier in the 2024 national elections. 

In other politics news, the ANC’s Lindiwe Sisulu saga over her letter slamming the Constitution continues, pitting her against President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Despite the backlash, Sisulu is standing by her words and denied a statement by the presidency claiming that she had apologised for her remarks. Maybe she should take a ticket and get in the queue to join Mashaba’s party, too. 🤨

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 27 January 2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.