'The hard work that lies ahead now has to begin'

Solly Msimanga has no illusions about the task that lies ahead for himself and the new Tshwane council.

Solly Msimanga. Picture: Christa Eybers

PRETORIA -The Democratic Alliance (DA) mayoral elect Solly Msimanga says he is thrilled at the prospect of governing the capital city, but adds that it's also daunting because the real work to improve service delivery starts now.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and other opposition parties announced today that they would be voting with the DA when new local governments are elected in several hung municipalities, which includes Tshwane.

The DA secured 93 seats in the metro, the African National Congress (ANC) 89 seats, while the EFF has 25 seats.

Msimanga has no illusions about the task that lies ahead for himself and the new Tshwane council.

"It's exciting but it continues to be scary because now they have confirmed that we will be in government and confirmed that the hard work, we know, lies ahead now in earnest has to begin."

He doesn't think it will be difficult to govern the City together with other opposition parties, particularly the EFF.

"I have always been one to really bring everybody on board and get everybody's view even asking for proposals and getting ideas as long as we don't lose the bigger picture; and the bigger picture is to govern well and ensure that all our people, in totality, prosper."

The inaugural council meeting is scheduled for Friday.