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'We're not thugs, thieves or communists': Mashaba bans use of word 'comrade' in ActionSA

21 June 2022 - 09:00
ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has banned the use of the word "comrades" when addressing party members. File photo.
ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has banned the use of the word "comrades" when addressing party members. File photo.
Image: Eugene Coetzee

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has banned the use of the word “comrades” when addressing party members.

Speaking at the announcement of former ANC member Sello Lediga as ActionSA Limpopo chairperson on Monday, Mashaba said the word comrade has developed a new meaning in SA, and now refers to “thugs and thieves” disguised as politicians.

“The term 'comrades' is banned in ActionSA. Comrades are thugs and thieves. If anyone calls you comrade, you refuse because they only call you comrade when they want to corrupt you,” said Mashaba.

He asked his party members to refer to each other as “actioners”.

“We are not communists, comrade is a communist term. In ActionSA, we are 'actioners',” he said.

Lediga joins a growing list of politicians who have joined the party in recent months, including former DA Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi, former Gqeberha DA mayor Athol Trollip and former DA Gauteng north regional deputy chairperson Michael Shackleton.

“Sello’s background in the ANC is something that we celebrate in ActionSA. As a party, we have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to win support away from the ANC and this is the only way that the ANC can be removed from office,” said Mashaba.

“The culture of opposition parties fighting for the same pool of votes cannot advance the project to remove the ANC from government. We welcome supporters of the ANC to join our project to fix SA, our issue does not lie with them but rather their leaders.”

Mashaba said Lediga joining ActionSA is critical to the project of bringing down the ANC and forming a new alternative in SA.

“This is another milestone in a series of milestones for ActionSA. We are emerging as a party with national impact and we are developing structures, wall-to-wall, throughout SA that will deliver our 2024 offer to the doorsteps of all South Africans,” he said.

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