I realised I’m being wasted in council: Phalatse

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Former Joburg mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse, says she needed to move into a space that can remind her of what it means to be a professional and council was not the place.
Phalatse has taken a back seat in government to go and pursue her medical career.
The doctor announced her resignation as a DA councillor on Monday.
However, she still remains a member of the official opposition party.
In a letter penned to the Joburg Council, Phalatse says her resignation should not be considered as an end to her political career.
“I remain a patriotic South African and my return to public service is guaranteed, time will tell.”
She says while she remains in the DA , she refrained from putting her hand up for any political position such as being a Member of Parliament or Member of the Provincial Legislature, ahead of the upcoming 2024 elections.
“I was going to apply but with much thought I decided not to, simply because of the current political environment. At a later stage, should things change , I will definitely avail myself to serve.”

Phalatse’s party has wished her well, saying she exhibited dedication and commitment as a leader of the main opposition.

ActionSA’s National Chairperson, Michael Beaumont, says Phalatse’s departure from council is a big loss for the city.
“Mpho Phalatse contributed much to her term as mayor. I think she contributed much to the DA as well. It seems like an ongoing pattern. “
Beaumont says Phalatse was sidelined in the negotiations that could have saved her mayoralty at the beginning of this year.

Phalatse was ousted twice as the Joburg mayor.

Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza

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