The party says his departure is a sign that his own party has lost faith in him. The resignation of Solly Msimanga from the post of mayor Tshwane reinforced the call of the ANC to put the municipality under management, using the alleged collapse of services and inept leadership to argue its position.
On Friday, Msimanga announced that he would quit Mayor Tshwane at the end of February to focus on his candidacy for the premiership of Gauteng, but the ANC in Tshwane does not buy this story. The ANC regional leadership in Tshwane stated that Msimanga was actually fired by his own party due to poor performance, poor management and the pursuit of scandals.
According to insiders, the party uses Msimangi’s late departure to prove that even the Democratic Alliance (DA) did not believe in him. Msimanga took control in 2016 with the help of the Fighters for Economic Freedom (EFF), but his tenure was not smooth. The opposition calls for the municipality to be placed under management since last August, after it became aware of the irregular award of a tender of 12 billion rands to the consulting firm GladAfrica.
Msimanga was also criticized for appointing Marietha Aucamp, who was found to distort her qualifications for the post of chief of staff, and Stefan de Villiers, a fitness coach, for the position of executive director in her office. Kgosi Maepa, the regional chairman of the ANC, said that Msimanga resigned because they exposed him, confirming that they would now hand over their business to Premier David Makhura, as well as the MEC for joint management and traditional affairs Dikgang Moiloa.
“We made a strong case for the subway to be transferred to management. We base our arguments on poor governance, the collapse of services and the loss of money for corruption. The DA is confused on its own, and that is why they fired their own mayor. We have evidence to support our call for the municipality to be put under management, ”said Maepa.
He said that Moiloa should appoint an official to investigate their case so that the provincial government could decide on their challenge. A spokesman for the provincial government of Gauteng, Thabo Masebe, said that Makhura had not yet received an official request for the transfer of the municipality to management. He said that there were discussions about other municipalities that did not speak, but said that Tshwane was not among them.“When there is a need to intervene, the province will intervene,” he said.
EFF leader Julius Malema said that the reasons for the resignation of Msimanga were bizarre and unheard of. He said that Cyril Ramaphosa, as a presidential candidate, did not resign from the post of party president to campaign.