MASHABA THE KINGMAKER PREPARES FOR THE NATIONAL STAGE
In an exclusive interview with Scrolla.Africa, Mashaba covered a range of topics, starting with ActionSA’s issue at hand: forming a coalition.
Before they can govern, ActionSA must form coalitions with other political parties in the councils in which they emerged as kingmakers.
When asked about a potential partnership with the ruling party, Mashaba answered in no uncertain terms.
“It will take me at least 300 years to listen to the ANC and form a coalition with them,” he said.
But before long, conversation turned to ActionSA’s hardline approach to illegal immigrants, the central policy of its campaign. Mashaba’s stance has continually been met with accusations of xenophobia by rivals and political commentators.
Mashaba laughed away the accusations, but noted that he is proud to be called a bigot.
“This means I am doing something right for my country by observing the rule of law and following the South African constitution.”
He went on to say that ActionSA is the only party in the country that has been welcomed by all South Africans regardless of their race, skin colour or religion.
“We have voters in townships and in rich white suburbs.
“Our voters are South Africans from different roots who want to walk this journey of fixing South Africa,” he said.
Mashaba said should his party one day govern South Africa, the rule of law will reign and he will not hesitate to send illegal immigrants back to their original countries.
“We will have a special unit within the Department of Home Affairs and police who will be dealing with people who are not documented.”
However, he claimed that his uncompromising attitude towards undocumented foreign nationals does not come from a place of hate, but of love. He argues that many of them are exploited and work like slaves.
“I don’t hate foreign nationals. I want them to come to the country documented as it is said in the South African constitution. In that way they will be tracked and traced if anything happens to them,” he said.
When questioned on the recent influx of Zimbabwean migrants in this country, Mashaba said that they were pushed out of Zimbabwe by the “evil” government of Zanu PF.
“The people of Zimbabwe didn’t choose to be scattered across the world but their evil government forced them,” he said.
“If I was the president of this country, I would never allow Zanu PF leaders or officials to step foot in this country and I would freeze all their assets.
“I would demand a free and fair election in Zimbabwe that would be observed by international observants.”
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