[WATCH] Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimang in frank conversation with Bongani Bingwa

The City of Tshwane continues to boast the fastest growing economy in the country but even with some of these positives, it too is currently facing many challenges.

Just on Wednesday, residents of Eesterus near Mamelodi were protesting due to what they say is lack of basic services, one of many incidents in recent months.

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But it does also have legacy issues being the third biggest municipality with irregular expenditure.

How big a mess does our nation's capital find itself in?

To address issues in The City of Tshwane, Mayor Solly Msimang spoke to Bongani Bingwa.

He started by addressing what is happening in Eesterus and placed it on record that he has been to the area four times this year already.

The latest being three weeks ago, and we were dealing with issues of substance abuse. The community of Eesterus raised an issue about us breaking down 'spookhouse' in a cemetery where people went and used drugs.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor

We went there and broke it down completely. We have what we call the co-sub, a programme that is assisting those that want to leave drugs and to also rehabilitate them and integrate them back into the community.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor

He adds that in May they had a public meeting. He sat down with the community and they spoke about the issue of housing and says he explained the housing challenges.

Callers also weighed on issues that involve the city asking questions about the metro police guarding buildings instead of dealing with crime, prostitution near a school in Marabastad.

The issue of whether the mayor will integrate the BRT system with other cities in Gauteng was also raised.

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The mayor responded and said what is surprising is that Saps guard some of the buildings and no one makes a noise about it?

Why is it that when we put metro police who are a subsidiary of the South African Police Services into guarding some of our property, it becomes a problem?

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor

You do have units that are supposed to do crime prevention, you do have units that are supposed to be looking at traffic bylaws and enforcement. There is nothing new.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor

But what we have done now is we are in a process of enforcing some of the security personnel and in addition to that, there is a tender out for security personnel.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor

The conversation continued and included the state of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and how they can convince voters to vote for them.

Msimanga said his party has time and time again shown their ability to run transparent governments and deal with issues of corruption head-on.

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