Outgoing Johannesburg executive mayor, Herman Mashaba says when he took over as mayor his main aim was to create a professional public service and fight corruption in the city.
Mashaba announced that he will be resigning from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and from his top municipal post in October after Helen Zille's appointment as the party's new federal council chairperson.
He joins Bongani Bingwa to chat about his tenure as the City mayor.
I managed to get rid of comrades who were in the City to serve themselves and their political parties instead of society.— Herman Mashaba, Outgoing mayor - City of Johannesburg
He says he was surprised by the level of corruption in Johannesburg.
I inherited a public service that thought it was doing people favours instead of residents doing them a favour. It is the people that did us a favour for putting us into these positions.— Herman Mashaba, Outgoing mayor - City of Johannesburg
Mashaba says, unfortunately, the party he was part of no longer agreed with his policies hence he chose to leave.
Instead of being pushed out, I decided to resign because there were plans to push me out.— Herman Mashaba, Outgoing mayor - City of Johannesburg
If the City continues to have public servants that want to serve society, it will be difficult for anyone to break the foundation he has laid in the City of Johannesburg, Mashaba explains.
Listen below to the full conversation: