PRETORIA - The ANC in Gauteng on Friday welcomed Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga's exit, saying it was a recall disguised by the DA as a resignation of the mayor.
ANC Gauteng spokesperson Tasneem Motara said instead of holding Msimanga accountable for his failures in Tshwane, "the DA felt it better just to recall him, and presented this recall as a resignation".
"Under Msimanga’s watch, service delivery in the capital city has all but collapsed, compromising the quality of life of its residents. Sadly, Solly Msimanga leaves behind him an ailing municipality, with more questions rather than answers to his epic failures in his short stint at the helm of the city. How the DA believes he will be better as a premier than he was as a mayor, is mind boggling to say the least," said Motara.
She said from "the scandalous appointments of incompetent and unqualified personnel in the mayor's office, to corruption relating to irregular contracts, to running battles with his Municipal Manager Moeketsi Mosola, Solly has proven over and over again that he just cannot take on such or similar responsibilities".
Motara added that the provincial ANC believes Msimanga would be out of his depth if he became Gauteng premier.