'I know the potential the city has': Abel Tau dumps DA for Mashaba

The Democratic Alliance's (DA) City of Tshwane regional chairperson Abel Tau has announced that he's leaving the party and joining former DA member and Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba's People's Dialogue movement.


In a video message posted on his Twitter account, Tau said he had been dissatisfied with the on goings of the DA, including issues surrounding electricity suspension in parts of the city.


"I know the potential the city has and it breaks my heart to look at what is currently happening. I've seen people complaining about the electricity cut offs that they have been having", he said.

Tau: 'I left my cushy job to serve'


"In 2017 when I became active in my party, the Democratic Alliance, I left my cushy job in 2017 after I had fought and won a ward and became a ward councilor in ward 92. I left my job because I wanted to serve the residents of the city", he added.


Tau said looking back, he realised that the party was far from achieving that goal.


"As I look back, politics have taken centre stage and have become more important than serving the residents of the city. This is not what I signed up for", he said.

DA: 'Tau's decision is misguided'


The DA has welcomed his resignation and said while it respected his decision, it believed it was misguided and further wished him well in his future endeavours.


Other senior DA leaders have left the party to join Mashaba, including former DA CEO Paul Boughey and former Joburg chairperson and caucus leader, Funzela Ngobeni. There was also the unforgettable resignation of Mmusi Maimane as national party leader.

Mashaba: 'Tau does not seek positions'


Mashaba has welcomed Tau to his party and said the now Tshwane mayoral committee member was not chasing high-ranking positions and would instead join as a member.


"He brings important skills in coordinating our ground structures in Tshwane which will be invaluable. This is one of the strengths of our party, our commitment that residents will choose our candidates through primaries, means that any person wishing to stand will have to pass this test if they want to serve as a public representative", the former mayor said.


"As we stand, a thousand volunteers are signing up every day. I celebrate each and every new person, irrespective of their background, because they are South Africans who love their country, hate what has been done to it and want to play their part in saving South Africa"


Mashaba's squabbles with the DA are well documented as in October 2019, he handed over his mayoral chain and also left the party, after Helen Zille was elected to the province's leadership.