Bongani Baloyi

Bongani Baloyi announces his plans to form new political party. Image: Twitter/SABC

Bongani Baloyi forming a new party – XILUVA

Former Action SA leader, Bongani Baloyi, announced during a press briefing that he will form a new party called Xiluva.

Bongani Baloyi

Bongani Baloyi announces his plans to form new political party. Image: Twitter/SABC

Former Action SA leader, Bongani Baloyi has announced the formation of a political party called Xiluva.

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Bongani announced the new party during a press briefing on Thursday afternoon. This follows as he resigned as Action SA’s provincial leader in Gauteng about three weeks ago. 

The new party’s name means ‘flower’ in Xitsonga.  

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During the press, Bongani Baloyi said there were “irreconcilable differences” between him and Action SA leader, Herman Mashaba over the running of the party’s structures. They also had different approaches to policy issues, which he listed as one of the reasons for his resignation.

He was a member of the country’s official opposition party for 14 years. 

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“This is the birth of Xiluva, a political home for those who want a real alternative led by young people. A political party where young people can see themselves in the leadership of a party,” said Baloyi.

The party will be registered with the IEC on Monday and will contest next year’s national and provincial elections. 

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“Xiluva will contest the 2024 national and provincial government elections. Over the next few months, we will be working to grow Xiluva and define its policies that reflect who we are.”

Bongani added that the focus of the party will be the youth, with values of family, ubuntu, community, and multi-racialism.

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“Change is way too slow in South Africa and young people in politics remain displayed, frustrated by gatekeepers, and are reduced to insignificant participants and spectators. The time for political dinosaurs is over.”