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Former Johannesburg Mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse, Returns to Medical Career, Steps Down as DA Councillor

Published September 21, 2023
8 months ago

Dr Mpho Phalatse, the former mayor of Johannesburg, has tendered her resignation as a councillor of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the City of Johannesburg to return to her medical career. Despite what might be viewed as a setback in her political journey, Phalatse maintains that she is not relinquishing her DA membership or signing off on her political career.

Phalatse’s decision to resign was borne out of careful introspection and constructive consultations with her family. Her considerable concern was to balance the rigour of council meetings with her commitments in the healthcare sector. She conceded that the act of balancing became a challenge that threatened to compromise the quality of work in one or both roles.

Phalatse who has always prioritised quality work, dreaded the prospect of compromise. Hence, when faced with a choice between her council responsibilities and medical career, she opted to prioritise the latter.

In an emotive address, Phalatse lamented, “It is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as a councillor with effect from 30 September 2023”. She lauded her tenure, highlighting landmark achievements marking her days in service as an ordinary councillor, an MMC for Health and Social Development, and notably as the Executive Mayor and Leader of the DA.

Phalatse’s resignation comes in the wake of DA’s failure to strike an agreement with ActionSA and the Patriotic Alliance in their bid to topple Johannesburg’s incumbent mayor, Kabelo Gwamanda. The reported stall in negotiations stemmed from DA’s refusal to trade two crucial positions for the PA’s support.

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