Newly elected mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has been warned by the opposition parties ANC and the EFF in Tshwane. Mokgalapa was elected in council today without any other party putting forward a candidate to challenge, resulting in him being the new mayor of Tshwane.
Speaking in council Mokgalapa called on other parties in council to join hands with him in serving the people of Tshwane. A special council sitting was held to elect a new mayor following the resignation of Solly Msimanga who vacated his office to focus on his premiership candidacy. Giving his inaugural speech Mokgalapa reached out to the EFF, stating that they are needed to come on board and assist to bring service delivery to Tshwane residents.
“Let’s work together. My primary focus is service delivery.” ALSO READ: UPDATE: New Tshwane mayoral candidate to tackle GladAfrica, smart meter contracts Speaking to the ANC, Mokgalapa said the ANC had to do its job and that he was willing to get criticism.
Mokgalapa also revealed that he would be having a meeting with the city manager to craft a way forward regarding the contentious Glad Africa contract and to look for ways to remove the city from the contract. “I am looking forward to working with my mayoral committee, caucus, coalition partners and anyone in council who wants to put the people of Tshwane first to achieve these priorities.” In response, Tshwane ANC regional leader Kgosi Maepa said that the DA went from bad to worse, stating that Mokgalapa inherited a wrecked council from his predecessor.