Awkward: Masina shares pic with Mashaba but faces questions on his resignation

Image credit: Twitter/Mzwandile Masina and Facebook/The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina shared a photo with outgoing Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on social media on Tuesday.

The two were in Parliament to make presentations on the impact of illegal immigration on their respective metros.

However, sharing the pic turned out awkward for Masina because many of his followers had one question – when is he going to keep his word and resign like Mashaba?

Mashaba had indicated that he would resign if Helen Zille was elected Democratic Alliance (DA) Federal Council chairperson. He promptly announced on Monday that he will quit on 27 November.

‘Wouldn’t serve under Ramaphosa’

The outspoken Masina made headlines in 2017 when he declared he wouldn’t serve under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

He made the vow in the run-up to the African National Congress’ (ANC) 54th national conference that eventually elected Ramaphosa as President.

News24 reported at the time that Masina said if Ramaphosa won, “white people will lead South Africa.” However, he didn’t make good on his threat to resign as Ekurhuleni Mayor after Ramaphosa won.

Masina, who is also chairperson of ANC in Ekurhuleni, is known as an ardent critic of “white monopoly capital” (WMC) and supporter of the radical economic transformation (RET) grouping.

Followers react to pic

His followers on Twitter didn’t let the small matter of his promise to resign slide and kept asking him about it.

Ray Mahlaka tweeted, “Uhm, awkward. Should we remind the gentleman on the left about his promise at Nasrec in 2017?”

@UnmovedLee added, “He must teach you how to resign when you promised to do so. He must teach you how to be a man of your word.”

“Herman must teach you how to stand by your word and principle. When you say to the public you’ll do something, do it. Don’t somersault when your comfort is threatened,” wrote @justpat66.

Xabiso Mntwana said, “We are still waiting for your resignation chief. We haven’t forgotten. You are the one who promised us.”

Masina has always insisted that the media misquoted him. In reply to a similar question about his resignation on Monday, he wrote, “You’ll wait for long Chief if you believe newspapers.”

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