Solly Msimanga defends ‘diverse’ mayoral committee

The new Tshwane mayor says he has appointed the best & most diverse mayoral committee in SA.

FILE: Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga says he has appointed the best and most diverse mayoral committee in the country despite criticism that it's not demographically constituted.

Msimanga was elected as Tshwane's new mayor last week after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) agreed to vote for the Democratic Alliance (DA) to elect its preferred candidates.

The African National Congress (ANC) lost control of the city in the local government elections, which saw significant infighting and violent demonstrations over the party's preferred mayoral candidate.

Msimanga says he's assembled a diverse group of people with various backgrounds and expertise.

"I'm excited that this is the most diverse group of people that any Tshwane council has ever had, given their experience in government and even in the private sector."

Msimanga did the sums and dismissed the criticism.

"I only have three white males, an Indian, coloured and black gentleman, two black ladies, myself, the chief whip and the speaker of council, I don't how more diverse."

The South African Communist Party has criticised Msimanga, saying the DA is a white party married to racism.