DA knives out for Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga over dodgy R12bn contract

Party members could vote with opposition in the motion of no confidence

26 August 2018 - 00:00 By CAIPHUS KGOSANA
The mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga of the DA.
The mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga of the DA.

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga is fighting for his political life amid murmurs that black members of the DA in the city could vote with the opposition to oust him.

Msimanga is facing scrutiny over how much he knew about of a R12bn contract awarded to an engineering consultancy to manage the city’s infrastructure projects. The fallout  has led to the suspension of city manager Moeketsi Mosola.

A motion of no confidence in Msimanga will be debated in council on Thursday. 

The Sunday Times understands that, in the event the vote takes place through a secret ballot, some members of the DA caucus are ready to vote with the opposition. 

Msimanga does not see eye to eye with DA Tshwane regional chair Abel Tau, who Msimanga snubbed for a position on the mayoral committee.

There are also questions as to how long Msimanga has known that there was a problem with the contract - and how much he knew.

Read the full story in the Sunday Times.