Tshwane’s newly-elected mayor, Solly Msimanga, has boldly expressed confidence in his newly-selected members of mayoral committee.
The mayor’s defense has everything to do with the South African Communist Party criticism about Msimanga’s un-demographically constituted committee.
In response, Msimanga disclosed that he carefully chose a diverse team, tasked with the enormous responsibility of “turning around the city‚ getting finances right‚ creating jobs‚ delivering services and cutting corruption, given their experience in government and even in the private sector.”
Shrugging off the criticism, he added:
“I only have three white males, an Indian, coloured and black gentleman, two black ladies, myself, the chief whip and the speaker of the council, I don’t how more diverse.”
The new mayoral committee members include Darryl Moss [MMC for Infrastructure], Randall Williams [MMC for Economic Development], and Mike Mkhari [MMC for Agriculture and Environment sector].
The Roads and Transport department will be manned by Sheila Senkugube, the Human Settlements division will be spearheaded by Mandla Nkomo and the Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture MMC will be Ntsiki Mokhotho. Marie-Lisa Fourie and Cilliers Brink will head the Finance and Corporate Services departments respectively.
It is pertinent to note that Solly Msimanga is not green-horned in political administration, having served as DA councillor for Tshwane from 2011 – 2014.
The Democratic Alliance victory in Tshwane came after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) gave the party a hand – thereby, towering them above the African National Congress (ANC).
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.
Remarkably, the FF+ and the ACDP also threw their weight behind the DA after both small parties signed a coalition agreement in Sandton before the Tshwane inaugural mayoral council.