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Msimanga: DA has no pre-set agreement with EFF

Solly Msimanga said he will be meeting with all department heads on Monday morning to start the real work.

Msimanga vows to break residents free from chains of poverty.Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga says the Democratic Alliance (DA) has no pre-set agreement with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Msimanga was sworn in as Tshwane's executive mayor yesterday as the African National Congress (ANC) lost its role as the governing party in the capital city for the first time since 1994.

The DA received the support of the EFF who say it would rather work with the DA than the ANC but called the DA the better devil than the ANC.

In a post inaugural briefing, Msimanga said there's no arrangement with the EFF but it will engage the party on an issue by issue basis.

"We'll be engaging on that basis and we'll be engaging not only the EFF but we'll be engaging everybody because in everything that we'll do, we need to involve others. And in everything that I'll be putting forward to our council, there's one thing that I've and that will be the betterment for our people."

SERVICE DELIVERY AT ALL COSTS

Msimanga said he will drag the ANC kicking and screaming to ensure it cooperates with the DA in governing the capital city.

Some ANC members in the house expressed their dissatisfaction disrupting Msimanga.

Msimanga said the ANC members showed a lack in humility and behaved in poor taste calling them bad losers.

"Be humble, this is why you came number two, because you refuse to be humble."

He said the ANC should not try sabotage service delivery in its wards in attempts to render Tshwane ungovernable.

"But we'll drag them and we'll experience service delivery in the same areas that they're coming from and the people that they're representing."

Msimanga said he will be meeting with all department heads on Monday morning to start the real work.

FIGHTING CORRUPTION

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."

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