In Jo’burg, mayor Herman Mashaba admitted to Makhura that his office released a statement about the Gauteng government’s outstanding municipal debt under pressure from the media. At the same time, over in Pretoria, City of Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga allegedly failed to breathe a word about blue lights when he met the premier, though he vowed the blue lights would not be allowed to be used in his city. These and other political spats have dominated headlines in the first 100 days since the DA won the Johannesburg and Tshwane municipalities in the August local government election. Mashaba made the concession to Makhura during a one-on-one meeting. Makhura has also met Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina and Gauteng’s two district municipality mayors to discuss governance in the province. "He [Mashaba] briefed me about the circumstances under which he released a statement," Makhura told the Financial Mail. "He did say he was under pressure from the media. But I told him it does not tak...

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