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The DA’s Mpho Phalatse is no longer the Executive Mayor in the City of Johannesburg. Images: @mphophalatse1 / Twitter

Mpho Phalatse: There’s no disconnect between me and the DA

Former City of Johannesburg mayor, Mpho Phalatse says rumours that she is being sidelined by the DA leadership are not true.

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The DA’s Mpho Phalatse is no longer the Executive Mayor in the City of Johannesburg. Images: @mphophalatse1 / Twitter

Former City of Johannesburg Mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse says there is no disconnect between her and her party the Democratic Alliance (DA). 

This, after rumours surfaced that Phalatse has been sidelined by DA leaders John Steenhuisen and Helen Zille.  


Former DA MP Lindiwe Mazibuko said she is reliably told that 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.

Radio 702 presenter, Clement Manyathela backed Mazibuko’s claim saying Phalatse did say on my show when he hosted her for a profile 2 months ago that she is not part of those meetings.

In a statement released on Saturday, Phalatse said she has noted social media posts suggesting that there is a wedge between her and the DA. 

“There is no disconnect between myself and the DA leadership. In fact we are united in our quest to undo Friday’s illegal act and reinstate the Johannesburg Multi-Party Government. We do not recognise and reject the decisions of that  illegal sitting,” she said.  

Phalatse reiterated her party’s call that they will be in court at the earliest opportunity “to uproot the corrupt cabal that seized power unlawfully, and restore to our residents their legal and rightful government.” 

As previously reported, DA leader, John Steenhuisen accused Speaker, Colleen Makhubele of ignoring the due process entirely and forging ahead to convene a meeting to oust Phalatse. 

Steenhuisen said the process to oust Phalatse in the DA-led coalition in Johannesburg was flawed and they are going to challenge it in court. 

“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,” he said.

“Treachery will not stand. Subterfuge will not hold. And we will not succumb to the politics of extortion and blackmail,” Steenhuisen added.

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