A politician leaves his party acrimoniously and contests elections under a new banner. So far so normal in South African politics. We’ve been here with Mosiuoa Lekota, Herman Mashaba and of course Aunty Patricia de Lille, who’s made floor-crossing a competitive sport. So when Mmusi Maimane left the Democratic Alliance in 2019 we thought it’d be more of the same. But we’re interested that he’s opted instead to partner with grassroots organisations.
Maimane’s One SA Movement will be contesting the October local government elections with independent candidates in 10 municipalities around the country. According to TimesLive, he is targeting smaller municipalities first, with plans to expand to metros by October. His strategy is to partner with community organisations which then elect a candidate to stand in their ward. To ensure that candidates are held to account, he said OSA had registered a body called the Independent Candidate Association. The body will also help channel resources and training to the independent councillors.
At explain we’re always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to do politics more inclusively, and this ticks the box!
This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 17 June 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates