New Tshwane mayor hits back at ANC

Solly Msimanga became the first DA official to take charge of the city since the dawn of democracy.

Solly Msimanga at the Tshwane Council Chambers. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane's new mayor Solly Msimanga has hit out at the African National Congress (ANC) during an afternoon of heated exchanges in the city's legislature.

Msimanga was elected unopposed as mayo r, the first Democratic Alliance (DA) official to take charge of the city since the dawn of democracy.



He told the house that fighting corruption was his top priority.

"The people of Tshwane are saying they are tired of billions that have disappeared time and time again, but they want service delivery.

"We want to say to the people of Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Soshanguve and Mabopane that jobs are coming. We'll ensure that the system that has meant to keep you poor, the system that has meant to keep you in the chains of dependence on the ruling party has come to an end."

ANC members tried to shout him down but he would have none of this.

"I think you can learn a thing or two about humility. Be humble, this is why you came number two, because you refuse to be humble."



New speaker Rebecca Mathebe intervened as the ANC councillors continued to shout.

"I'm going to request to humbly, please behave and allow the executive mayor to proceed.

"I will not throw you out of this council seating. I'm going to allow the executive mayor to talk until he finishes."

Msimanga then told the house that all would benefit from the city's new government, quoting late President Nelson Mandela.

"As we stand here I'm reminded of what uTata Nelson Mandela said and I quote 'let there be bread and salt for our people'. Let me tell you even all of you and your constituencies, there will be bread and salt for your people. We will deliver to your people as well."

'NO MORE WILL OUR PEOPLE SUFFER'

The new mayor has called on residents to join hands and help build the city, promising the ushering in of a new era.



"We want to say to our people of Tshwane, no more, no more will you suffer again. There will be a system that will make sure that we create jobs for our people. No more will our people suffer under the hands of the ANC."

The ANC is now the official opposition in the capital city.

The party's Mapiti Matsena says it will continue to fight for what he terms "radical transformation" and more social integration in Tshwane.

"We are saying, and I think here the EFF will agree with us, the integration of communities, we'll ensure that we bring what we call a motion which says the people of Phomolong must be relocated to Waterkloof. So that we can integrate communities."

The EFF's Benjamin Disolwane also raised the issue of land and said his party would monitor the DA closely as it takes power in the capital.

"We are warning you, you must make sure that in Tshwane you make an example across the country and make sure that the racist and the white supremacy is no more."

NO CORRUPTION

Msimanga has promised jobs, electricity, clean drinking water and a corruption-free capital.

He said housing would be provided with special attention being given to informal settlements.

"We'll also ensure that there's never again an informal settlement where children have to die because of being electrocuted or fall into pit holes."

Msimanga said those causing trouble would be dealt with.

"We know that there are certain people who are going to try and make this city ungovernable as they did before the elections. We are saying we're watching you and we're pleading with the residents of our city to stand up and say no more."

He then turned his attention to the president.

"Come join hands with us as we usher in a new dawn where President Zuma comes in, believe you me there not going to be any blue lights in this city."