National 20.8.2016 12:00 pm

No such thing as a ‘stolen’ mayoral chain, says spokesperson

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga.
Picture: Christine Vermooten

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga. Picture: Christine Vermooten

The saga of the ‘missing’ Tshwane mayoral chain has gotten even more fascinating with council’s spokesperson saying there wasn’t even a chain to begin with.

Selby Bokaba, Tshwane spokesperson has cleared up all the confusion around the mayoral chain after it was reported stolen a day ago.

Details were sketchy as it was stated the chain had been stolen just before DA mayor, Solly Msimanga was set to take up his post.

According to TimesLive, there are 13 mayoral chains which were worn by previous mayors of the various districts of Tshwane.

It is up to the current mayor to decide whether he wants a mayoral chain

However, in 2000, when Tshwane was formed and all the districts combined into one, the 13 mayoral chains were never used again.

“Those chains are the chains that were worn by the mayors of the erstwhile municipalities. So the City of Tshwane does not and has never had a mayoral chain. You cannot have a mayoral chain without a coat of arms.

“It is up to the current mayor to decide whether he wants a mayoral chain‚” said Bokaba.

Msmimanga was sworn in as the new mayor of Tshwane yesterday.

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During a press briefing, he affirmed his stance to do away with blue lights, saying: “Blue lights will be a thing of the past in this city. The only person allowed to have blue lights will be the president of the country and nobody else.

Gone are the days where elected public officials think they are VIPs. The VIPs in this city will be the residents,” he said.

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