ANC in Tshwane has accused the new Mayor Solly Msimanga of being corrupt and a shameless liar.
Former mayor and ANC chairperson in Tshwane Kgosientso Ramokgopa detailed cases of Msimanga’s misconducts.
Ramokgopa said Msimanga has appointed DA members to important positions in the metro.
“One of the first public pronouncement issued by the executive mayor Msimanga upon his election was the banning of blue lights [motorcades]‚” said Ramokgopa at a press briefing.
“This exposed a glaring shortcoming of the mayor on the operations‚ powers and functions of the municipal council‚ since neither the executive mayor‚ nor a decision of the municipal council can give effect to such a decision as it falls within the competency of the provincial government to regulate such matters.”
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The former Mayor also said Msimanga lied about replacing the BMW fleet used by former executives with cheaper cars.
“Mayor Msimanga failed to acknowledge that the BMW used by former executive mayor was in fact donated by BMW South Africa at no cost to the city or taxpayer for the duration of [my] term‚” said Ramokgopa.
He said Msimanga also announced a new executive team after criticism to the initial committee which reportedly had only four black people.
“The convening of the mayoral committee on Tuesday 23 August 2016 and the subsequent denial of such appointment is testimony to a blatant lie of the executive mayor‚” Ramokgopa said.
However, Msimanga’s acting spokesperson Matthew Gerstner denied that the allegations, saying that the appointments the ANC were complaining about were political positions.
“The ANC will try everything to discredit the new mayor‚ who is clamping down on corruption and turning the City of Tshwane around‚” said Gerstner.
“Instead‚ the ANC should concentrate on bringing order and discipline to their own caucus. They should accept the results of the election‚ where they have failed and have been voted out.”
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