Earlier last month, newly-elected DA mayor Solly Msimanga shook opposition parties when he officially banned the use of blue light convoys at his mayoral inauguration.
His speech was ladened with mind-blowing modifications – especially finance-wise. He revealed that the modifications embody cost-cutting measures; which ranges from official travels, parties, celebratory dinners and what have you.
“Tshwane officials will now travel alongside ordinary citizens; they will wait in traffic and will stop at red lights. I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars; while our people struggle for services‚ houses, and jobs. 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 had said.
However, Msimanga allegedly broke his promise after he was spotted travelling in blue light convoys. As expected, this did not go down well with the ANC in Tshwane.
Tshwane chairperson and former mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa told reporters on Thursday that videos making the round on social media showed mayor Msimanga travelling in blue light convoys lately.
He said that DA mayor Solly Msimanga still cruises in an official BMW car despite announcing that he will switch to a cheaper official car.
Msimanga’s spokesperson Matthew Gerstner said the blue light convoys the mayor was spotted in, were properties inherited from the ANC administration. More so, Gerstner said that removing them from the vehicles will mean spending huge sums of money.
The Mayor is not currently having it all rosy in Tshwane. Following his inauguration, the ANC have continued to pile different degrees on allegations on him. Recently, he was accused of appointing his buddies to top positions in the metro.