Tshwane’s four-bedroom Mayoral mansion, nestled among ambassadorial residences in the upmarket suburb of Muckleneuk, fetched R5.1 million at High Street Auctions’ final sale of the year on Thursday.
Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, opened the controversial house, which is valued at R5 million, for viewing by potential buyers towards the end of October.
The mayor was at Summer Place to witness the final disposal of a scandal-plagued city “asset” that has been the subject of a corruption probe relating to the previous administration’s R12 million “upgrade” to the property.
In a South African metro first, Tshwane’s full council voted recently to dispose of the opulent property in which Msimanga has refused to live. Among the reasons cited were the substantial cost to ratepayers of maintaining the property and the council’s desire to utilise the funds for the construction of low income housing.
Addressing a packed sales floor prior to the auction, Msimanga reportedly made a plea for bidder generosity, explaining that he had already committed the money to housing for the people of Tshwane.
“Whatever we can get – R5 million or more, we’d be grateful,” he said. The auctioneer dropped the hammer at R5.1 million in a sale that – in total – took less than two minutes to conclude.
The buyer of the property wished to remain anonymous.
Addressing the media after the auction, Msimanga said: “The house was previously valued so we knew roughly what we would get at auction. “This money will allow at least 40 less fortunate families to have decent roofs over their head.”