Herman Mashaba. Picture: SUPPLIED
Herman Mashaba. Picture: SUPPLIED

BUSINESSMAN and Black Like Me founder Herman Mashaba is the Democratic Alliance's (DA's) Johannesburg mayoral candidate for this year's local government elections.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced on Saturday that Mr Mashaba had been selected by the electoral college to represent the party in the metro.

"The decision we took wasn't an easy one," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"It was between two very able and competent candidates. These are South Africans who have said we want to put our shoulder to the wheel...."

Two candidates were nominated — Mr Mashaba and Wits professor and DA councillor Rabelani Dagada.

Both nominees were interviewed by a panel.

Mr Mashaba announced in December that he was making himself available as a nominee for the position.

Mr Mashaba said on Saturday he could not stand on the sidelines and watch as the country moved in the wrong direction.

"When you are fortunate enough to have a successful business it's easy to become complacent," he said.

"I couldn't watch the country move in the wrong direction from the sidelines."

Mr Mashaba said he believed the DA could give South Africa the best future.

As the party's mayoral candidate he did not expect people to give him a blank cheque.

He said he would use the leadership qualities he used to run Black Like Me as Johannesburg's mayor.

"Since 1994 Johannesburg has experienced some progress, however corruption, hollow promises, poor implementation and insufficient governance is holding us back.

"If elected I want to re-establish Joburg as financial capital of SA," Mr Mashaba said.