Mpho Phalatse

City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse. Photo: Twitter/ @our_da

‘We are united’: Phalatse says all is well with DA leadership

A former DA MP revealed that certain party leaders were not ‘routinely excluding’ Dr Mpho Phalatse from important decisions

Mpho Phalatse

City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse. Photo: Twitter/ @our_da

Former City of Johannesburg Mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse maintains that she and the Democratic Alliance (DA) leadership remain united, after she was ousted in a motion of no confidence vote that was sponsored by the African National Congress (ANC).

Phalatse is hitting back at claims on social media that the party’s top leadership has been keeping her in the dark about certain decisions being made involving her now former government. Lindiwe Mazibuko, who used to represent the DA in Parliament, said leaders have been having “party negotiations” without even involving her.

“I am reliably told that [Mpho Phalatse] is routinely excluded from party negotiations about her own government, which are instead (mis)managed by DA’s leader and federal council chairman from Cape Town,” Mazibuko said on Twitter, in response to an article about Phalatse’s removal written by Daily Maverick.


Dr Mpho Phalatse says there is no disconnect with the DA leadership and that they remain committed to reversing the outcome of the vote which saw her being given the boot.

“We do not recognise and reject the decisions of that illegal meeting. We will be in court at the earliest opportunity to uproot this corrupt cabal that seized power unlawfully, and restore to our residents their legal and rightful government”

Dr Mpho Phalatse

DA leader John Steenhuisen announced on Friday that the party would be approaching the courts over the vote.

“After months of efforts to destabilise coalitions across the country, today the ANC succeeded in seizing control of Johannesburg. I warned precisely a few weeks ago that this is what is transpiring in the background. The ANC’s desperation to get their hands on tenders and contracts from Johannesburg’s R76 billion budget is now clear for all to see,” Steenhuisen said.

Phalatse had been elected Joburg Mayor in November 2021, following the local government elections.