Top two members of the Democratic Alliance have joined former Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba’s new political group. Funzi Ngobeni, DA Johannesburg chairperson and caucus leader and former CEO Paul Boughey resigned their positions from the party.
Ngobeni lost out in the mayoral race to replace Mashaba when he resigned as Joburg mayor last year. Boughey had faced criticism in the party along with former leader Mmusi Maimane following the party’s decreased support at the 2019 general elections.
The DA has expressed its disappointment over Ngobeni’s resignation, but wished him well in his new political group. While the party plans to elect a new leader for Johannesburg very soon, its deputy chairperson Tsepo Mhlongo would lead the region for the time being.
Meanwhile, Herman Mashaba has said that Ngobeni will be leading the new party essential campaign to develop wall-to-wall structures on the ground in the communities. “Funzi worked in the private sector and brings this experience and perspective into the work of growing our economy and creating jobs,” Mashaba said in a statement on Monday.
“Paul brings immense strategic experience to the work of establishing the new political party. Both of these individuals are deeply committed to the project of building a new political alternative that places the people of South Africa at the centre of its work. They share my dedication to building a non-racial future for South Africa, through an absolute commitment to redress the legacy of our unjust past.
“Critically, they are devoted to building a new alternative that can actually unseat the ANC and improve the lives of the people of South Africa,” Mashaba said.