Solly Msimanga is the DA candidate for the Gauteng premiership. Picture: Bongani Shilubane/African News Agency (ANA)
EXECUTIVE Mayor Solly Msimanga has hit back at the ANC in Tshwane, saying the official opposition should make up its mind on addressing corruption.

Msimanga said if the ANC was serious about fighting corruption, it would have supported the suspension of City manager Dr Moeketsi Mosola as recommended to council, pending the investigation into his role in the GladAfrica tender scandal.

“They would do well to explain to the press and people of Tshwane exactly what their position is on corruption because they have been inconsistent with decisively dealing with allegations of tender irregularity,” Msimanga said.

The ANC had earlier called for Msimanga's head and that of Mosola over tender irregularities.

During a media briefing at Tshwane House, ANC regional chairperson Dr Kgosi Maepa had alleged that Msimanga had for months been aware of the irregular appointment of GladAfrica in a multi-billion rand deal.

According to Maepa, Mosola appointed Bigen Africa on September 17 last year and picked GladAfrica on November 3 without providing a cancellation letter or reasons for the termination to Bigen Africa.

He alleged GladAfrica had received R250million within only six months of its appointment.

Maepa claimed that although Msimanga claimed he knew nothing of the irregular appointment of GladAfrica, he had in fact known as early as May, according to email correspondence in the ANC’s possession.

“We have evidence in the form of an email, letters and correspondence that places the mayor and the MMC of Finance at the centre of the corruption.”

With the information in their possession, Maepa said it was enough for the public protector and other independent bodies to proceed with their investigations.

He said Msimanga could not claim ignorance as it was his role to do oversight on all contracts above R200000, in which case he neglected his fiduciary duties with regards to the GladAfrica appointment. “If Mosola is to be removed then the executive mayor must also step down as he is responsible for his actions.”

But Msimanga said: “I have observed that, true to form, the ANC is again grasping at straws and bringing nothing new to the current discourse of establishing the facts surrounding the appointment of GladAfrica.

“The fact is the ANC has no credibility on corruption and today’s flip-flop proved just that.”

He said the ANC needed to stop paying lip service to transparency and accountability. “If they were truly serious about rooting out corruption why did they fail to support the suspension of the City Manager?”

If the ANC Caucus had documented proof, they would have produced it already, he said. Msimanga said the ANC “should therefore allow the probe to continue without "more lies or undue influence".