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Former Joburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse resigns

The Democratic Alliance Caucus in Johannesburg Metro Council has confirmed the the resignation of former executive mayor Dr. Mpho Phalatse from her roles within the party and as a councillor.

“Throughout her tenure, Dr. Phalatse has exhibited dedication and commitment, serving diligently as City Mayor, Mayoral Committee Member for Health, and as a leader of the main opposition. Her decision to pursue private business ventures within the healthcare sector speaks to her enduring passion for public health and the welfare of our communities,” said the Caucus spokesperson Devon Steenkemp.

While Dr. Phalatse will be sorely missed in her official capacities, the Caucus expressed their gratitude for her contributions as an elected public representative. She still remains an unwavering member of the party.

“The challenges faced by Johannesburg, notably the political fragmentation resulting from the November 2021 local government elections, have been a cause for concern. This excessive fragmentation has seen 18 parties gaining representation in the council, with the balance of power precariously held by parties with a single seat. The ensuing instability is a direct consequence,” Steenkamp explained.

The party has called for the current Council in the City of Joburg, led by Al-Jama-ah’s Kabelo Gwamanda, to be dissolved and a new administration voted in.

“We humbly invite all residents of Johannesburg to support this imperative mission. Please join us in signing our petition and echoing our clarion call: Fresh elections for a stable Joburg, now.”

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