Msimanga expected to be elected Tshwane mayor

2016-08-19 09:50
The DA's Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga. (Photo supplied by the DA)

The DA's Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga. (Photo supplied by the DA)

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Pretoria - While the ANC prepares to play the role of opposition in the Tshwane council, the DA's Solly Msimanga is expected to be elected mayor of Tshwane on Friday.

He will likely do so thanks to an agreement by opposition parties to stick together and oust the ANC. No party could manage to get a 50% majority during the August 3 local government elections, leaving the council hung.

Following talks between parties, the EFF agreed to vote with the DA, while the FF Plus, UDM, Cope, and ACDP signed a coalition agreement with it.

Msimanga said he was looking forward to the day and the work that lay ahead.

"I'm very humbled by the great task at hand and I'm determined to bring the change that the citizens of Tshwane so clearly voted for. Guided by our values, we will serve all the residents, ensuring we cut corruption, create job opportunities and deliver basic services," said Msimanga.

The day would see the ANC starting life as the opposition in the council. The party had indicated it was ready to take the role, but would continue fighting for the upliftment of the poor.

"We want to restore the dignity of our people by ensuring that quality services get to be extended to our people, in particular those who are located in the townships," former Tshwane mayor and ANC regional chairperson Kgosientso Ramokgopa said.

"We are going to insist that programme continues. Remember that in the five years we have been in office, we have directed over 90% of the capital budget to those areas of need," he said.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  solly msimanga  |  kgosientso ramokgopa  |  pretoria  |  politics  |  local government  |  local elections 2016

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