DA Tshwane caucus broke into song and dance after Solly Msimanga survived two bids to oust him as the mayor of Tshwane.
This after the red berets and the ANC tabled separate motions of no confidence against Msimanga amid allegations of maladministration in the hiring of unqualified candidates with fake qualifications, lack of service delivery and corruption.
The move was dealt a major blow when council Speaker Katlego Mathebe disallowed EFF’s motion of no confidence, stating that it did not comply with the council’s rules. Prompting enraged EFF councillors to leave the chamber without voting in support of the ANC’s motion. This came hot in the heels of the removal Athol Trollip of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, replacing him with UDM’s Bobani Memela.
Tshwane ANC leader Kgosi Maepa remained adamant that his party will table another motion of no confidence in September against Msimanga. “As the ANC we will do everything in our power even if it means going to court to ensure that Msimanga vacates his seat. He needs to take responsibility for the controversial R 12 Billion consultancy tender which his administration has entered into under his watch. “We cannot have a mayor who claims ignorance on everything. He cannot even explain how people with fake qualifications were hired in the municipality.
The state of service delivery has also depreciated since the DA ledadministration of the city took over two years back,” said Maepa. The elated Msimanga said the will of the people has prevailed calling the motion frivolous; “The ANC has failed in its bid to come to power through the back door. We will as the DAled administration focus our energy on serving the people of Tshwane, who have rejected ANC corruption.”
By Tshepo Marutha