Opposition parties in the City of Johannesburg intend tabling yet another motion of no confidence against the metro’s mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse on Thursday, 26 January 2023. The city’s council is expected to hold its first meeting for the year and the ousting of Phalatse is high on the agenda.
WILL MPHO PHALATSE GET THE BOOT?
Dr Mpho Phalatse’s mayoral chain has been in jeopardy since the Democratic Alliance (DA) had a fall-out with the Patriotic Alliance (PA) in September 2022. This led to Phalatse subsequently being voted out, but the High Court in Johannesburg then nullified the move.
The PA has offered to re-join the multi-party coalition, under the condition that it is given two MMC positions in the council. But the DA wants the PA to have one MMC position and a chairperson position for one of the Section 79 committees.
PA Deputy President Kenny Kunene says the party will support the ANC’s motion to oust Phalatse.
“We will vote Mpho Phalatse out. We will vote the DA out of power,” Kunene is quoted as having told SABC News.
Phalatse was elected mayor in November 2021, following the local government elections. She won by a resounding margin – bagging 144 votes while the ANC’s Mpho Moerane only managed to receive 121. The DA made a comeback in the City of Joburg, thanks to support from the EFF and ActionSA.