Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga has put his mayoral mansion on auction at a starting bid of R5 million. He will be using the money from the sale to build affordable housing for those in need.
Msimanga says that his background and upbringing motivated this decision. He says that now that he is a position to help families in need, he will.
I was born and raised and lived in a shack for a very long time. So I understand and know what it means to not have a decent roof over your head.— Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor
If I am now in a privileged position to offer families, a minimum of 40 to 60 depending on what we get, to have have an opportunity to have a decent roof over their heads I will do it. This is what has motivated me.— Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor
Msimanga says that they have been saying for years that they don't need the mansion. He says they spend millions on the mansion that does not equate to its market value.
He adds that the previous administration made renovations worth R12 million. That money could be better spent. For Msimanga public servants should not be awarded unnecessarily, and that is something he sought to change when he took office.
The question we should be asking ourselves is should we award public servants? That is what I regard myself, I'm a public servant. I should be serving the people without wanting to be treated like royalty.— Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor
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