Thapelo Amad, former mayor of johannesburg

Thapelo Amad mayor of Joburg has resigned.
Images via Instagram: @thapelo_amad

Less than 100 days in office: Who is Jozi ex-mayor Thapelo Amad?

Anther one bites the dust! Thapelo Amad – Joburg’s 7th mayor in just two years – has called it quits! Here’s a look at the man behind the title..

Thapelo Amad, former mayor of johannesburg

Thapelo Amad mayor of Joburg has resigned.
Images via Instagram: @thapelo_amad

Just 12 weeks after being sworn in as the mayor of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Thapelo Amad has quit!

And with harsh criticism over his code of conduct, it comes as no surprise!

Thapelo was the city’s seventh mayor in just two years, succeeding the Democratic Alliance’s Mpho Phalatse.

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On Monday, 24 April, news broke of Thapelo Amad’s immediate resignation as mayor of Johannesburg. The announcement comes just one day before he was set to face a motion of no confidence.

Thapelo was sworn into office on Monday, 30 January. He has been criticised by the public over his mention of a R9.5 billion loan to the city from a private company. His public addresses have also been widely ridiculed on social media.

Thapelo Amad
Thapelo Amad – Joburg’s newest mayor – has quit after less than 100 days in office. Images via Twitter @thapeloamad

According to EWN, Thapelo said of his short tenure: “This wasn’t about me, it wasn’t about myself – it is for the bigger cause.

“The collective is here, I am still part of this team. It doesn’t mean I will be ostracised after my resignation – I am part of the team.”

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Here are a few facts about the new mayor…

  • Thapelo Amad was Johannesburg’s first Muslim mayor. He is also an imam – a religious leader in Islam. During his swearing-in ceremony, he said, “It has nothing to do with the religion. There are no racial lines. We are humanity, and we need to serve.”
  • He has a degree in Islamic sciences.
  • He is affiliated with the Islamist Al Jama-ah party, which “aims to support Muslim interests and uphold Shari’a law.”
  • Thapelo’s Islamic name is “Abubakr.”
  • He has also tabled a motion to rename Sandton Drive after Palestinian woman activist Laila Khaled.
  • Thapelo Amad’s focus is youth development,  eradicating poverty, and assisting service delivery.
  • In the past week, Thapelo has courted controversy for mentioning first on his agenda is “potholes.”