ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba says his party has achieved its objective of unseating the ANC in the municipalities it contested in this year’s local government elections.
Addressing the media at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) headquarters in Wednesday (3 November), Mashaba thanked voters “for making history with us.”
‘Unseating the ANC’
“We have achieved out first objective of unseating the ANC in these municipalities because we made a commitment to South Africans that we are not going to be a party that will sit in opposition benches. We are here to govern and unseat the ANC and we have done that,” Mashaba said.
“We have substantially reduced the ANC’s dominance of the political landscape in this country in all the municipalities where we participated. We have proven beyond any reasonable doubt that we are the only party capable and committed to unseating the ANC.
“This is demonstrated in the three metros in Gauteng. Look at the performance of the ruling party which has really abused us for the past 27 years. Those days are gone in these three municipalities.”
As of midday on Wednesday, ActionSA had won 16.08% of the vote in Johannesburg, third behind the DA (29.11%) and ANC (31.65%). Mashaba was the Johannesburg Mayor representing the DA until he resigned in 2019.
ActionSA’s local government election results
ActionSA’s impressive local government election results have also seen it garnering 6.57% of the vote in Ekurhuleni behind the EFF (13.68%), DA (29.88%) and ANC 37.28%) as of midday on Wednesday.
It had also won 8.84% in Tshwane, where the ANC had 32.77%, DA 34.05% and EFF 10.84% at the time of publishing. Its performance was however more subdued in eThekwini, where it won 2.04%.
The party is also projected to win 1.6% of the vote nationally, according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Speaking to SABC News earlier on Wednesday, Mashaba said the road to the 2024 national and provincial elections has begun.
“The work of starting a national campaign is already underway because there isn’t a province where you don’t really have people on the ground. That’s why if you follow ActionSA, people were looking for us in Klerksdorp, in Mafikeng, in Limpopo and everywhere else,” he said.
“So I think it’s just a question of how ActionSA can move as quickly as possible to officially put structures to have a provincial chairperson in the six outstanding provinces.”
He ruled out a coalition with the ANC, but said his party is open to coalitions with the EFF and DA.