Meet Solly Msimanga: 6 Facts about the DA's Tshwane mayor

Meet Solly Msimanga: 6 Facts about the DA's Tshwane mayor

In 2016, Solly Msimanga was elected the mayor of Tshwane and with his 'the people come first' attitude, he managed to cling onto his position.

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The dynamic leader has managed to led the Tshwane region for the past two years, thus far without any motion of confidence in him.

But, to him he was no poster boy for the DA, adding his track record spoke for itself.

"I am not a poster boy. My track record speaks for itself. I have lead the region of Tshwane successfully and I've lead as a chairperson. My track record proves that I will speak my mind."

It appears Msimanga is a fierce leader, who does what he thinks is best for his people. but what do we actually know about him? gathered six facts about the Tshwane mayor, which would give South Africans a better insight into who he is.

1. Humble beginnings

He might be a powerful politician and businessman today, but he had to overcome numerous obstacles in his life to get there.

Msimanga grew up in Atteridgeville, a township west of Pretoria, where he studied at Saulridge High School.

During his teenage years, Msimanga had to look over his younger brother- whom he bathed and took to the creche before he went to school.

“Even when I had only two shirts, I used to make sure they were always clean and that I looked good and presentable. I understand what it is to be poor and have little,” Msimanga told The Citizen.

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2. He's one intelligent man

Despite growing up poor, Msimanga managed to get a quality education. The South African reported he has a diploma in marketing management, as well as a Bachelor of Accounting Sciences in Financial Accounting (BCompt) degree, which he got from the University of Pretoria.

He later went on to graduate from the Democratic Alliance Young Leaders Academy.

3. He's a husband and a father

Msimanga married his wife Monde in 2006 and the couple has two beautiful boys together.

It was after the birth of his first son that Msimanga decided to pursue a career in politics, because he wanted to ensure a bright future for his kids.

“After I married Monde and we had our first son, Aobokwe, I felt the need to do something. I looked at my son and I looked at the ANC and I asked myself what future I want for my son. “I then started looking around for a political party and read up on their policies and decided I liked the DA,” Msimanga said.

4. He had quite the unusual entry into the DA

After he got married, Msimanga went to listen the DA leader at the time, Tony Leon, in Atteridgeville.

He was not satisfied the meeting, and wrote to Leon to tell him he had to do and say more.

A week after his letter was sent, the Tshwane mayor was called in for a meeting, where he got offered a position in the DA.

5. His election as the Tshwane mayor was somewhat historical

In 2015, the DA announced Msimanga was their mayoral candidate. However, they had a setback- they lacked the support of the majority.

It led to the DA entering a coalition agreement with other smaller parties, and with the support Julius Malema's party, the EFF, they won the election.

This made Msimanga the first DA member to hold the position of mayor in Tshwane.

6. He is all about the people

Msimaga is one of the leaders in South Africa who vowed to root out corruption. After his election he announced they would be targeting corrupt individuals in the region and no official, other than the president, would be allowed blue light brigades.

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