The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed confidence in executive mayor Solly Msimanga’s leadership qualities after announcing him as the party’s candidate for Gauteng Premier ahead of next year’s general elections.
Msimanga's selection as the official opposition’s Gauteng candidate comes following interviews with a selection panel almost a month ago.
He beat his opponents, which included the member of the provincial legislature Makashule Gana, the party’s deputy federal chairperson Refiloe Ntsekhe and Member of Parliament Ghaleb Cachalia.
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Msimanga says he had to go through many obstacles to get to where he is now.
Having been in the party for 14 years and been through the ranks, having been an official of the party both as provincial administrative director, before becoming a councillor and becoming the chairperson of the party in the region and been the mayor of Tshwane, so it has been quite an interesting 14 years.— Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor
He adds that if he were to be elected as Gauteng premier, his party does have the depth of leadership to run the province.
As we have done in Tshwane, and I am not by any stretch saying that everything is perfect in Tshwane, it is what you learn and how you are then able to implement better.— Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor
Msimanga says his party does understand the workings of the provincial legislature.
Listen below to hear what else Msimanga had to say about his candidacy: