When next President Zuma will be visiting Tshwane, he won’t be paraded in a blue-light convoy and must travel alongside ordinary citizens, wait in traffic and stop at red-lights, DA mayor Solly Msimanga announced.
The defiant newly-elected mayor stated this during his inaugural speech. He disclosed that the ban is not only for Zuma but for all officials in Tshwane, including himself.
Msimanga is the first DA mayor in Tshwane, Gauteng. He high-balled to the seat of the South African capital city after the DA toppled the ANC in the municipality.
Last week, the mayor took everyone by surprise when he announced that Tshwane’s new executive won’t have any inaugural party. He also abolished all the customary inaugural events, celebratory dinners and lunches. He reiterated: “This new government in Tshwane has stopped the spending of exorbitant amounts buying food and parties for politicians. We must serve the people, not party with public funds.” He stressed that his government won’t waste time on lavish dinners and lunches.”
DA Mayor Solly Msimanga Puts The Masses First
Slamming most disappointed officials harder, Msimanga announced that all international travel for officials will only be permitted after they’ve gone through critical and thorough cost-benefit analyses – which will be approved by the mayoral committee.
Also, the city officials were barred from purchasing or leasing luxury cars. The mayor, however, announced that the metro will procure low-cost vehicles for officials, who wish to replace their vehicles.
“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,” he noted. In response, Gauteng premier David Makhura reportedly advised mayors not to exhibit full authority or control over certain matters which are constitutionally beyond them.
DA mayor Solly Msimanga is not green-horned in political administration; having served as DA councillor for Tshwane from 2011 – 2014. During the inaugural speech, he announced his commitment towards ensuring the people are well served and represented.
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.