Herman Mashaba Germany

Photo: ActionSA / Twitter

What is Herman Mashaba doing in Germany – and who paid for his trip?

It’s been revealed that Herman Mashaba travelled business class to Germany this week – here’s what you need to know…

Herman Mashaba Germany

Photo: ActionSA / Twitter

It seems that leaders of our opposition parties just can’t get enough of trips to Europe this month. First we had John Steenhuisen dropping into the Ukraine warzone, and now Herman Mashaba has popped up in Germany.

Herman Mashaba in Germany: What’s he doing there?

The ActionSA leader was attending the German-African Conference, which was being held in Berlin this year. He was invited as a political representative of Mzansi, where he discussed the current political situation back home.

f course, this was a prime opportunity for Herman Mashaba to reel off all his grievances with the ANC, slamming them for being unclear on policy communication, and ploughing billions into failing state-owned businesses.

“We need a government that can make firm commitments to investors that their business interests will be protected for the foreseeable future. What we don’t need is confusion and double-speak around property rights, energy policy, mineral resource extraction policy, or monetary policy.”

“Failing state-owned entities are propped up by government, costing billions in taxpayer funds every year. This money would have been better invested in basic infrastructure that increases overall economic productivity.”

Herman Mashaba

Who organised the event, and who covered the travel costs?

The event was hosted by the the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung groups. It is supported by the Africa working group of the centre-right parties, the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union.

Mashaba also took part in discussions about driving growth in the African continent, and how Germany can help with that process. It was Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung who footed the bill for the party leader’s trip, but he did also put his hand in his own pocket…

According to ActionSA, KAS paid for his economy flights – but Mashaba paid his own way in upgrading to business class.