National 17.8.2016 07:39 pm

Mashaba willing to give up dream of being Joburg mayor

Photographer Adrian Steirn photographs Herman Mashaba for the 21 Icons Project in Cape Town, South Africa.

Photographer Adrian Steirn photographs Herman Mashaba for the 21 Icons Project in Cape Town, South Africa.

The ‘Black Like Me’ businessman says he’s willing to go back to his ‘capitalist ways’ if the EFF are so firmly against him for whatever reasons they might have.

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.

He added that his reasons for joining the DA had always been noble, as he wanted to contribute and not just sit idly on the sidelines. However, he added that he wasn’t hungry to be mayor. As long as the bigger picture of the DA restoring good governance to the city and the country could be achieved, he would be happy.

 

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