All is now set for the formal election and swearing in of Solly Msimanga as Tshwane’s new mayor.
DA’s Msimanga, an eager beaver, will be towered to the mayoral seat after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has fulfilled its pledge to fully support the DA in Tshwane.
While, Solly Msimanga is expected to get down to brass tacks in the administrative capital after his swearing in today; one symbolic mayoral item will be missing during his swearing in.
As gathered, the new mayor would have been sworn-in today with his mayoral chain – but it reportedly vanished into thin air.
However, the eager beaver told reporters on Thursday during a pre-election briefing that he was eager to take over power from ANC’s outgoing Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.
Msimanga added that although the mayoral chain has been stolen, he would be excited to lift his right hand and vow to “do the best that I can”.
He also promised to carry the ruling party along and improve the welfare of Tshwane residents by resuscitating the city’s dwindling economy through the provision of adequate basic services.
As comical as the news of the stolen chain sounds, a twitter user reacted:
BREAKING: Here is the missing Tshwane mayoral chain. pic.twitter.com/QERIX7kyGd
— IG: ConceptSixty5 (@Sentletse) August 19, 2016
Meanwhile, outgoing Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, on Tuesday at Freedom Park bid farewell to the residents of the city, saying there is still much to do in the city.
“Have the lives of our people improved? Do they have better transport, more job opportunities, a roof over their heads, water and electricity, food to eat, and the opportunity to thrive in a bold new digital world.
We believe our interventions have made an appreciable difference. We have done our best, but we know there is still much to do,” he said.
Ramokgopa also encouraged the incoming mayor to continue to strive for excellence because “it is easy to accept mediocrity, it is hard to demand excellence but that is what this great city and its citizens deserve.”
Thoko Didiza, the ANC mayoral candidate for Tshwane, will now return to Parliament after she was defeated in Tshwane.