Just twenty days after he was towered to the exalted position of first DA Tshwane mayor; Solly Msimanga has shown that he truly has the interest of the masses at heart.
Recall that the ANC has been in control of Tshwane for 22 years but things took a different course on August 3 when the DA smartly won more seats than the ruling party.
It is also worthy to note that DA mayor Solly Msimanga is not green-horned in political administration; having served as DA Councillor for Tshwane from 2011 – 2014.
Msimanga disclosed that the DA-led coalition government wanted to embark on cost-cutting measures when he delivered his inaugural speech – therein, he announced his commitment towards ensuring the people are well served and represented.
And just 20 days after he was crowned the mayor of Tshwane, he banned blue light brigade for all officials in Tshwane, including himself. He stated this during his inaugural speech.
He said in his speech: “Blue lights will be a thing of the past in this city. The only person allowed to have blue lights will be the president of the country and nobody else. Gone are the days where elected public officials think they are VIPs. The VIPs in this city will be the residents.”
Secondly, Msimanga discovered another Nkandla erected by the ANC in the metro, which he dubbed “Nkandla 2.0”. The new-found Nkandla is actually the Pretoria City Hall, which the ANC lavished a whopping R90m on – which the mayor says is a shame.” Presently, three top ANC officials have been charged in relation to the renovation of the Pretoria City Hall.
Another milestone achievement is the cancellation of all inaugural party, customary inaugural events, celebratory dinners, and lunches organized for city officials. According to the newly-elected mayor, Tshwane officials must learn to put the people first before themselves.
“My focus now is to assess the massive issues we have inherited in Tshwane. There is no time to stop for lavish dinners and lunches,” he said.
Another striking achievement is the re-programming of all international travel for officials. He said such travels will only be permitted after they have been subjected to cost-benefit analyses; and, approved by the mayoral committee.
“I have stopped all new international travel requests and we will carefully scrutinize each one individually.”
The last but not the least is the debarring of leasing or purchasing luxury cars for politicians, including himself. In fact, he disclosed that he will give away a fleet of new luxury cars ordered by his predecessors.
“I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars; while our people struggle for services; houses, and jobs. No more luxury cars will be bought or leased in my government. A Hyundai i20 or Toyota Corolla can do the same job for a politician as an expensive sedan,” DA Tshwane mayor Msimanga said.
Reports said the ANC bought 10 new BMW 3 series vehicles, which are yet to be delivered, for 5 million rands ($356,000; £266,000).