On Wednesday, the DA announced that the EFF was willing to support its candidates Solly Msimanga and Athol Trollip in Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, respectively, but had asked for a different candidate in Johannesburg, where Mashaba was the candidate.
Party leader Mmusi Maimane remained adamant that the people of Johannesburg had chosen Mashaba in their votes for the DA, but the difference in Johannesburg was that the ANC actually received more votes than the DA in the now hung council.
News24 reported on Wednesday evening that Mashaba was willing to give up politics altogether if his mayoral candidacy proved to be too much of a sticking point.
He said he would go back to business, to his “ways of capitalism”, apparently a jibe at the fact that the hardline left-wing socialist EFF members are not fans of capitalists.
Mashaba said he found the condition that only he was the sticking point to the EFF voting for the DA “strange and awkward”. He added that he wondered what the EFF knew about him that had somehow not emerged through the “very rigorous processes” of the DA and 18 months of hard campaigning.