Mayor hits back after Taipei trip

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Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga has come out guns blazing against his detractors over his December trip to Taiwan.

Msimanga came under heavy scrutiny from his political foes after visiting Taipei over the festive season.

He said his trip was not politically motivated and slammed the ANC for what he called its “egocentric pronouncements”.

The ANC criticised him for visiting the island, a traditional foe of China.

“The ANC’s outrage over my visit to the Taiwan is completely manufactured,” said Msimanga.

“I communicated with the department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) before I went there and not even once did they mention it may cause a diplomatic crisis.”

Msimanga said the purpose of his trip was to see how things were done in a different city and to entice business people to visit Gauteng for investment purposes.

“The ANC is trying to play petty politics with this trip and I’m not going to do that.”

The mayor accused Dirco of double standards.

“It was Dirco who requested that a representative from the capital be sent to Taipei and they approve all our international trips,” he said.

“Their spokesperson then called me five minutes before I went onto the flight saying he would release a statement if I went ahead.”

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