Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga's resignation from the post comes as he plans to focus solely on winning Gauteng for the DA. Gauteng is one of the DA's strategic provinces in which it hopes to force the ANC below 50% of the support. The party then wants Msimanga to be installed as its first premier. Msimanga made the announcement on Friday in which he said his resignation as mayor would be finalised within the next two weeks. He told journalists at a media briefing at the DA's headquarters in Johannesburg that the intention was to elect a new mayor at a council meeting in February. His resignation makes him the third DA mayor of a metro that will not complete his or her term of office following the 2016 local government elections, after former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip was removed through a motion of no confidence, and former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille finally resigned after a protracted battle with the DA. Only Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba will remain of the f...

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