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Opposition events withdraw movement of no confidence, Phalatse stays Joburg mayor – for now

DA’s Joburg Mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse. (Picture by Gallo Pictures/Luba Lesolle)

  • Mpho Phalatse survived two motions of no confidence on Thursday.
  • Opposition minority events introduced the motions in opposition to the Joburg mayor.
  • Motions in opposition to the mayor and two others had been withdrawn.

Town needed to wait two days to listen to that the mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Phalatse, was secure from motions of no confidence.

This was after the motions had been withdrawn in council on Thursday.

On the second day of the ninth atypical sitting of the council on Thursday, Phalatse was up for a movement proposed by Margaret Arnolds of the African Unbiased Congress, seconded by Thapelo Amad of Al Jama-ah.

The second movement of no confidence within the mayor was proposed by Lubabalo Magwentshu of the African Transformation Motion, and seconded by PAC councillor Tebogo Nkokou.

Two different members of the DA-led coalition had been additionally up for motions of no confidence – the chair of the Part 79 committee for gender, youth and disabled, DA councillor Nakita Dellwaria, and the chairperson of the setting, infrastructure and repair supply Part 79 committee, ActionSA councillor Lerato Ngobeni.

These had been additionally scrapped.

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On the movement in opposition to Phalatse, Arnolds mentioned: “While drafting this movement, I felt like a pastor in church – I reminisced and checked out all the problems of the town and why I am doing this. I assumed in regards to the present administration and the way I needed to present them a chance to reveal their Golden Begin.”

The Golden Begin is the DA-led authorities’s blueprint for a business-savvy metropolis – and it consists of fixing the electrical energy and water points, amongst others.

“I am additionally wanting on the metropolis funds – we’re not in a very good standing,” she mentioned.

“It pains me as a resident that the grass is taller than Margaret Arnolds – the streets are cleaner than the bogs of this district.”

She claimed that Phalatse would open a golf event, as an alternative of going to Eldorado Park, the place one other lady was murdered just lately.

“The movement is withdrawn with a heavy coronary heart.”

The chairperson of the Johannesburg ANC, Dada Morero, mentioned the opposition events had been instructed by the management to withdraw the motions, so the ANC and the EFF might work out the problems arising from the occasions in Ekurhuleni. 

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