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Another black member quits DA to join ActionSA

Patricia Kopane, a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA), announced her resignation from the party on Monday, just before joining ActionSA.


Kopane is the most recent in a line of black leaders to defect to ActionSA from the DA.


Between 2012 until 2020, Kopane led the DA in the Free State and was a member of parliament (MP).


Kopane claimed that after 19 years in the party, she no longer felt a sense of belonging.


"To be honest, I no longer think of the DA as the political organization I joined in 2003. I don't feel like I have a place in the DA or that I can contribute to politics in my nation.

In a statement, Kopane stated, "I have no animosity toward the DA and wish nothing but the best to the many fine people who remain within the party.


Kopane's resignation was received and accepted by the party, according to DA Free State head Roy Jankielsohn.


Jankielsohn said, "We thank Patricia for her contribution to the DA and the part she performed in Parliament.


Kopane disclosed that she is in talks with ActionSA's Herman Mashaba about the job she will hold in the former mayor of Johannesburg's political organization.

"I will speak with ActionSA in the upcoming days to inquire about joining this intriguing new organization. By doing this, I'll start a conversation with Herman Mashaba to discuss how I might use ActionSA to help South Africans, she said.


Following her departure, Kopane has already been contacted, according to Mashaba.


After Kopane announced her resignation this morning, he said, "I personally called her and signed her as a member of the party and will set up a meeting with her, to explore the open declaration and interest in joining ActionSA and forming a mutual relationship for the benefit of the people of South Africa."

Kopane joins other notable black DA members who have left the party, including Mashaba and former federal leader Mmusi Maimane.


In January, ActionSA appointed Bongani Baloyi, a former DA member and mayor of the Midvaal local municipality, as the party's Gauteng Provincial Chairperson.


At age 26 in 2013, Baloyi became the youngest mayor. After 14 years with the party, he ended his membership in December of last year.


John Moodey, a former provincial leader of Gauteng, joined ActionSA after quitting the DA in 2020.


ActionSA appointed Moodey as Director of Operations in May.

Before Mashaba chose Michael Beaumont as the City of Johannesburg's chief of staff in 2016, he served as a managing director for the DA in KZN and Gauteng.


Beaumont left the DA in 2019 with Mashaba after serving there for nine years.


Athol Trollip, a former mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, and Maimane both left the DA in 2019. He became the Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson for Action SA in February.


Source; Another black member quits DA to join ActionSA (citizen.co.za)

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