- Sollly Msimanga, mayor of Tshwane, announced at a press conference that he was resigning
- He said he wanted to focus all his attention on his campaign for the Gauteng premiership
- Msimanga hopes to be the first DA politician to hold the office
Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga has announced that he is stepping down.
The DA candidate for Gauteng premier has said that he is leaving his position so that he can focus his attention purely on his campaign. He said that will not be able to serve as mayor and campaign simultaneously.
The DA will now have to find a replacement for Msimanga.
Msimanga took office in 2016 after the DA received the most votes in the local election, but fell below the threshold needed to govern on its own. The party formed a coalition and installed Msimanga as mayor. Since then, he has faced two motions of no confidence tabled by the ANC and the EFF respectively.
Speaking at a press conference, Msimanga said that Gauteng was in a state of crisis.
"The province is too big and too crucial to fail," he said. "We need to usher in a capable government with a proven governance track record and one that is intolerant of corruption even when it occurs within our ranks."
Msimanga hopes to be the first DA premier in Gauteng. If elected, he has said that we wants to repeat his successes in Tshwane on a provincial scale.
"In the space of a year we have made inroads in terms of turning around the city's finances," said Msimanga at a press conference last year. "The first order of business as premier would be to root out corruption."
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