Solly Msimanga‚ the Democratic Alliance’s man in Tshwane‚ is taking over the reins of the administrative capital on Friday‚ but one key item will be missing — the metro’s mayoral chain‚ which has been stolen.
Municipalities across SA are being constituted after the local government elections. Msimanga will on Friday be elected Tshwane mayor‚ after the EFF agreed to throw its weight behind opposition candidates‚ although the party has snubbed formal coalitions.
The DA won 43% of the vote in Tshwane, the ANC 41% and the EFF 12%.
Msimanga hinted on Thursday at the magnitude of his task in governing Tshwane‚ saying although the mayoral chain had been stolen‚ he would be happy to raise his right hand and vow to “do the best that I can”.
He said he would work with all parties in Tshwane including the ANC‚ beginning with the city’s ailing finances.
He will also have to make tough decisions about some of the contentious projects the party has inherited, such as the controversial smart electricity meter project.
The Auditor-General ruled that the full R880-million paid to a contractor was irregular expenditure.
The project has been challenged in court‚ and new councillors are expected to call for a full investigation‚ which could compromise politicians and officials who served in the previous council.