The Democratic Alliance has presented its shadow minister of international relations Stevens Mokgalapa as his mayor candidate to succeed Solly Msimanga as the mayor of Tshwane.
The party made the announcement on Sunday at its national headquarters in Bruma, Johannesburg on Sunday.
Last month, Msimanga announced that she would step down as a mayor of Tshwane to focus on her campaign for the Gauteng main league.
On Thursday, Msimanga offered his resignation in an official letter to the speaker of the municipal council.
He said his letter was 11 February.
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Although Msimanga says he resigned to focus on his application to be Gauteng Premier when the country was going to elections in May, the party was facing a claim that Msimanga was pushed because of lack of performance and inability to one of its rushes.
Msimanga also had a series of scandals throughout her tenure, including a multi-billion Rand GladAfrica scandal and accused of employing unqualified staff to key positions in her office.
Mokgalapa, who is from Hammanskraal, says he knows that "a mamot task lies on".
"As a son of Tshwane, I am passionate about providing services," said Mokgalapa.
He added that he felt dissatisfied to resolve the issues provided by the service and wanted to "build on" where Msimanga leaves.
Mokgalapa said he would meet with the DA and EFF coalition partners, who have an informal relationship with the DA, that he hopes to convince them that nothing had changed and they could continue Trust the party under its leadership.
"I will be going to tackle issues that deal with large city contracts, such as GladAfrica and a smart PEU meter," said Mokgalapa talking about some of the issues he wanted I'm going to tackle them in a hurry.
The Council is likely to have a special drop in sitting on the 11th, the last day of Msimanga in the post to elect a new mayor.
The party hopes that Mokgalapa will be elected at that council sitting.
Mokgalapa – a member of Senedd DA and former Cape Town councilor – was chosen out of four potential candidates.
The DA governs the Tshwane council through a multi-duel coalition with the Economic Freedom Fighters.
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