The newest political brand that has taken South Africa by storm during the 2021 Local Government Elections, Action SA, has reached the communities of Lesedi Local Municipality by launching a local structure at the Ratanda extension 7 Hall.
Provincial Chairperson and former member the Gauteng legislature, John Moodey, came to officiate the launch of the Lesedi-based branch on Saturday April 23 and engaged the members attending the event.
Filled with words of encouragement, Moodey said its time for the party to make a change in Lesedi.
“We are the only hope for South Africa. We say that because we want to take the country forward,” said Moodey.
Moodey said in under a year, the party has become the sixth biggest political party. Action SA contested elections in six metros and two local municipalities. They got a 2% share of the vote nationwide, a great achievement as the party did not contest in all provinces.
In Gauteng, the new ‘green party’ managed to have secured coalition in all three metros: Ekurhuleni, Joburg and Tshwane; securing a total of eight Mayoral Committee positions.
The Lesedi-based structure of Action SA has been in existence since the formation of the party two years ago. Moodey admits that due to their focus on securing votes in the metros, the local municipal structures have been neglected. As Gauteng’s chairperson, he has been going around the province’s far-flung communities to relaunch their constituencies.
“It is now about reviving and getting our local structures ready towards 2024,” said Moodey in an interview with Mapepeza.
The chairperson was also impressed by the calibre of the local leadership. Former Black First, Land First mayoral candidate in Lesedi Neo Kutoane, is the chairperson of the Action SA in the area.
ActionSA was formed by businessperson and former Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba, to unite patriotic South Africans that are committed to professional and ethical public service behind the project to fix our beloved country.
“We believe in decisive action that will improve the quality of life for all South Africans. We believe that the needs of the residents of our municipalities must be central to everything we do as a government. We believe that through an unwavering dedication to ethical leadership, we will build municipalities that enable our proud, resilient, and enterprising people to prosper,” the party’s manifesto reads.
The party believes that the work of fixing the country starts at home with local governments. According to Action SA, the work begins by fixing the basics of service delivery at municipal level.
Locally, the party is targeting a hundred new members per ward, every two weeks.
“That is quite an objective they have set for themselves. Looking here at their enthusiasm and the calibre of people that we have here plus their passion for South Africa, I think they can double their targets. People of Lesedi, change is here. We are patriots and we want to save this beautiful land of ours,” said Moodey.