Tshwane executive mayor Solly Msimanga is currently being treated at the Netcare Unitas Hospital situated in the picturesque Pretoria suburb of Centurion.
The mayor was reportedly on his way to the office on Monday morning when he alighted from his car to help a stranded driver. Unfortunately, after he opened the bonnet of the car, clouds of fumes exploded on him, leaving him with minor burns.
Msimanga sustained minor burns and had shortness of breath after he was exposed to fumes from the stranger’s car.
Local media outlet, the Citizen reported that Msimanga’s spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi confirmed the incident and disclosed that the mayor will soon resume his duties.
Mayor Msimanga shot to political prominence with the municipal polls. He has been described as a regular dude, born and raised in a shack in Atteridgeville, who got so fed up with the disasters unfolding in his city that he decided to do something about it. No wonder he’s Julius Malema’s favorite member of the Democratic Alliance.
Since he assumed office, Msimanga has headlined many tabloids for many issues – ranging from his multi-rand facelift of many abandoned projects in the city, fighting against corruption and looting by the past administration, to his controversial visit to Taiwan and recently the appointment of Tshwane city mayor.
While delivering his speech after 100 days in office, the mayor admitted that he inherited a mess from the past administration, led by the ANC.
So far, he has also turned around the once broken city to one of South Africa’s smashing cities, as pledged during his pre-election campaigns.
Mayor Solly Msimanga has tracked down leakages and burst pipes; purchased 3000 water flow restrictors which would be installed on water meters belonging to the biggest water users.
His administration has also promised to review the Tshwane Economic Development Agency, the Housing Company Tshwane as well as the Sandspruit Works Association.
As at December 2016, he said the city was in the process of getting itself out of the PEU smart meter contract which it believes was unlawfully entered into by the previous administration.
The DA-led municipality has also completed 818 homes in places like Olievenhouboch and Kudube Unit 9 and has managed to track down and verify over 3000 of what it believes to be a total of 4784 vehicles belonging to the city, using eNatis, SAP, fleet registers of vehicles and lease registers.