Solly Msimanga

Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga. (Gallo Images)

Govt intent Msimanga’s Taiwan visit was against foreign policy, DA unfazed

The department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) wants action taken against Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga for snubbing the ANC/Chinese relationship and visiting Taiwan… but the DA couldn’t care less.

Solly Msimanga

Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga. (Gallo Images)

The democratic Alliance couldn’t give a sh*t about government’s objections to Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga seeking out foreign investment opportunities for the city from Taipei. Last week ANC spokesperson Ziziz Kodwa — who might want to read the constitution before running his mouth — labelled Msimanga’s visit to Taipei an act of treason; a comment the Democratic Alliance dismissed as manufactured outrage.

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Anyway, Dirco — clearly also oblivious to what the constitution says — believes Msimanga’s visit was a breach of South African foreign policy, seeing as SA has sided with communist China and refused to acknowledge the independence of democratic Taiwan.

“The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) wishes to place it on record that the recent trip to the city of Taipei in Taiwan, undertaken by councillor Solly Msimanga, executive mayor of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, was in breach of South Africa’s foreign policy and is highly regretted,” Dirco said in a statement.

The DA, on the other hand, called the ANC’s attack on Msimanga “hypocritical” and highlights “just how little it values job-creating investment in South Africa.”

“This is what our country needs to create jobs and fight poverty. The reality is that their (ANC’s) baseless attacks stem from their unwillingness to accept that they have lost control of many municipalities across South Africa,” DA MP Stevens Mokgalapa said.

“The DA reminds the ANC that neither the ANC nor the national government it runs can dictate who DA mayors meet with in order to obtain job-creating investment, and that such international trips are allowed.”

“The ANC should also be duly reminded – so as to end their glaring hypocrisy – that South Africa maintains relations with Taiwan through the South African Liaison Office in Taiwan.”