Msimanga excited at prospect of leading Tshwane

The DA's Solly Msimanga is expected to be voted in as Tshwane’s new mayor today.

DA mayoral candidate for Tshwane Solly Msimanga. Picture: Christa Eybers

PRETORIA - The Democratic Alliance(DA)'s Solly Msimanga is expected to be voted in as Tshwane's new mayor when the metro council sits for its first meeting after the elections today.

The party's Athol Trollip and Lynn Pannall were elected yesterday as executive mayors in the Nelson Mandela Bay and Mogale City municipalities respectively.

The DA has had to secure strategic alliances with opposition parties to secure the positions but it's been made clear that these do not amount to coalition governments.

The ANC councillors who have occupied the benches to the left of the speaker in the chamber will now have to make way for the new DA administration and move across to the floor to seats reserved for the opposition.

Gauteng North Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba is expected to preside over the swearing in of a new speaker and mayor.

Msimanga says he is excited at the prospect of leading the city, but also aware of the amount of work he has ahead of him.

It's understood Msimanga will not announce his mayoral committee today, but probably do so at the next meeting which is scheduled for next week.

Proceedings are scheduled to start at midday.