ActionSA’s ‘Fix it’ Mashaba wants to tackle crime


Herman Mashaba, a former Johannesburg mayor who calls himself “proudly xenophobic”, is ready to stand in the upcoming national and provincial elections as a candidate who can maintain law and order in a crime-ridden South Africa.

The president of ActionSA – and successful businessman – says the country has been “magical” since the “magical” years of ex-pres. Nelson Mandela on the decline, citing widespread poverty, crumbling infrastructure and a terrifying murder rate.

“We are heading for an abyss if we do not mobilize South African voters to prevent this country from being another failed African state,” said Mashaba during an interview with AFP at his home in Johannesburg.

Mashaba is one of a group of leaders of newer, smaller political parties who want to offer an alternative to the ANC when South Africans cast their votes in the national and provincial elections on 29 May.

Mashaba, whose party will appear on the national ballot for the first time, has an image as a conservative South African who is opposed to ANC “communists” who “do not believe in God”.

He also intends to do away with affirmative action policies that favor black employment.

Tackling crime and illegal immigration is also high on ActionSA’s list of priorities.

Mashaba also advocates stricter punishments, including forced labour, as well as much stricter border controls.

On accusations of xenophobia during his term as mayor of the City of Gold between 2016 and 2019, Mashaba says: “Anyone who comes here with criminal intentions… you are not welcome in South Africa.

“If someone calls me xenophobic, then I am proud xenophobic.

At the time, Mashaba was elected mayor as a member of the DA. However, he later resigned as a member of the leading opposition party after he and the leadership butted heads over the handling of race issues.

Then he founded ActionSA in 2020.

Mashaba’s new party and his former political home, whom he fondly refers to as “better devils”, have both committed themselves to the Multiparty Charter in the hope of forming a new coalition government after the upcoming elections in cooperation with other opposition parties. .

ActionSA gathered around 16% of votes in the 2021 municipal election in Johannesburg for him. However, analysts predict that the party will struggle to achieve the same success in the national election.

An Ipsos poll released last month puts ActionSA’s nationwide support at around 4%.

Mashaba, however, is little bothered.

“We have already proven them very wrong.”