Action SA’s uThukela regional chairperson Mdumiseni Mlangeni has quit the party after growing disillusioned with its leadership.
Mlangeni, who was also a member of the party’s KZN provincial executive committee, wrote a scathing resignation letter which he addressed to the party’s national leadership.
He confirmed the contents of this letter to The Witness.
After much reflection, I have realised that ActionSA is not what it presents itself to be.
“On numerous occasions I have tried in earnest to caution our senate members and KZN PEC members about their lack of empathy, consideration and understanding of the ordinary man on the ground.”
Like many of ActionSA’s prominent members, this was Mlangeni’s first real foray into the world of politics. Mlangeni said he joined the party because he believed that it was going to bring change to SA’s political system, but he feels it has reneged on that promise.
Though I am a farmer and belong to the one percent of privileged South Africans, I am not blind to the plight of those who are less fortunate than I am. However I have been greeted with adverse racism, classism and elitism. Do these have a place in South Africa?
Mlangeni’s region did not contest in the previous local government elections due to limited resources.
He said the party decided to consolidate its resources and contest only in areas where it had a realistic chance of getting council seats like eThekwini, Newcastle and uMgungundlovu, among others.
For the past four months, Mlangeni said he was working on growing the party’s membership in uThukela past the 3 500 mark.
He said there was a culture of undermining in the party and shunning the people who help grow its base.
This sentiment has been shared by ActionSA members in Newcastle and in Gauteng.
Mlangeni wrote in his resignation letter:
Here at ActionSA you do not have value unless you enjoy close proximity to president [Herman] Mashaba or you are white or of Indian origin. Ordinary people such as myself are not valued yet we build this organisation with our own resources.
“There is no ethical leadership and no open-door policy. I am therefore not prepared to sell my soul and the people of my region.”
Mlangeni said he had plans on staying in politics, but will be taking a break to consider his next move.
Michael Beaumont, ActionSA’s chairperson, said the party has received and noted Mlangeni’s resignation.
“We note the views of Mr Mlangeni, which are entirely false. He attempts to rubbish the party today that he was championing yesterday, revealing his lack of sincerity. ActionSA’s growth continues without slowing for one moment to notice his departure,” he said.