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DA mayoral teams are ‘a balancing act’

Solly MsimangaBALANCING capacity with diversity was at the heart of the DA’s strategy in constituting mayoral committees in the new metros it governed, the party said on Tuesday, as it faced criticism of its mostly white mayoral committee in Tshwane.

The party has taken over the running of three of the country’s eight metros, and retained control of the City of Cape Town.

The DA has long faced criticism in Cape Town for the lack of diversity in its appointments, and similar criticism stalked Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga on Tuesday.

He announced the line-up his mayoral committee and was promptly criticised by the ANC because it was composed mainly of white, male councillors.

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At the same time, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba presented his mayoral committee internally to the DA’s leadership for approval, with the possibility of incorporating other councillors from other parties.

The ANC’s Tshwane spokesman, Teboho Joala, said he was disappointed and dismayed that the DA posture remained unchanged and continued to perpetuate white supremacy, while using black people as voting cattle, devoid of any intellectual capability.

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He said the EFF had sold out on its manifesto promises and on its posture as a party supporting the aspirations of black people by throwing its weight behind the DA. Tshwane was more than 75% black African, he said, but the mayoral committee was mostly white.

Msimanga’s team includes:

  • Mandla Nkomo as the member for housing;
  • Randall Williams in agriculture;
  • Darryl Moss in infrastructure;
  • Cilliers Brink in corporate and shared services;
  • Marietha Aucamp for roads and transport;
  • Mare-Lisa Fourie in finance;
  • Derrek Kissundooth in community safety;
  • Sakkie du Plooy in health and social development; and
  • Bruce Lee in economic development.

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DA federal chairman James Selfe said the party’s selection should not be judged on an ad hoc basis. Its deployees across the country should be viewed as a collective to determine whether it favoured one group over another. He said the DA was managing capacity with diversity in terms of race, gender and other demographics.

The DA’s Johannesburg regional leader, Khume Ramulifho, said an announcement on that city’s committee would be made soon, after Mashaba presented a proposal to the party for approval.

Selfe said it would not be untoward for the DA’s administration to include members of other political parties.

Meanwhile, ANC candidate Mzwandile Masina has been elected as the new mayor of Ekurhuleni. He claimed victory with 117 votes against DA candidate Ghaleb Cachalia’s 106. One ballot was spoiled.

Business Day

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