Dr Mpho Phalatse is back on the Race for Joburg mayor position 

Former Joburg mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse is making a comeback in Johannesburg politics. According to news reports, the DA’s federal council has asked her to stand for the Joburg Mayoral position which is set to take place on the 2 May. The special sitting will be held in the Johannesburg council to elect a new mayor for the country’s economic hub. 

Fierce contestation for political power in the council will take centre stage this week after Al Jama-ah councillor Thapelo Amad resigned as Johannesburg mayor on Monday.

News24 reports, his resignation followed criticism of his leadership capabilities. He had begun losing favour with some of the coalition partners in the ANC-EFF-Patriotic Alliance political bloc that voted him into office in January.

Amad’s resignation was announced by ANC Gauteng chairperson Panyaza Lesufi, who has been leading the coalition negotiations after ActionSA tabled a no-confidence motion in Amad. 

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