Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga says Tshwane Metro has been run as a family affair with relatives of top officials holding strategic posts, particularly in procurement.

Msimanga said his administration is trying hard to dismantle what has been a norm in the metro.

The DA was able to win the metro through support from the EFF after the municipal elections failed to produce a clear winner.

Mayor Msimanga said it would take time to dismantle the empires built by the previous ANC leadership.

He said he was “cautiously optimistic” of his challenges in a metro with a R2bn budget deficit and steeped in ANC politics.

“One of the things I knew when I came here was that I was going to inherit a very, very politicized administration,” Msimanga said.

“If you go into the procurement office, all the previous MMCs [members of the mayoral committee] brought either their children or their brothers, sisters or someone related to them to work in that office to ensure that their companies or their friends’ companies will get the contracts, but not only the contract, but get the payment for sometimes jobs not done,” the Mayor stated.

The sister of former mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa was mentioned as a good example of the family business done in the metro.

Kgosientso Ramokgopa was appointed a director in the procurement department, a post she held for the duration of her brother’s five-year term.

Added to this is the current ANC caucus head Mapiti Matsena’s sister, brother and cousin who Mayor Msimanga said were also working in the procurement department.

Ramokgopa urged the new mayor not to use the previous administration as a scapegoat for his failures in government but quickly added that he would continue to fight against corruption, not minding whoever waged it.

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