Phalatse refuses to comment on DA’s sabotage allegations

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The ousted City of Johannesburg Mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse has refused to be drawn into allegations that her party, the Democratic Alliance, sabotaged her chances of surviving the motion of no confidence on Thursday.

She was voted out in a motion of no confidence on Thursday afternoon.

140 councillors voted for the motion to remove Phalatse as mayor, while 129 voted to keep her in the position. In the 270-seat council 136 votes were needed for the motion to succeed.

Phalatse referred questions to the party’s communication department. “Unfortunately those negotiations did not bear fruit and there are a lot of feelings and emotions about what actually happened and who is to blame. I can not comment further on that. As per the DA, there are designated spokespersons who can speak about what happened at that time and those people are John Steenhuizen, Solly Msimanga, Solly Malatsi and Cilliers Brink. So if you’d like the details of what happened and why ActionSA was saying what it was saying, those are the people you speak to.”

Mpho Phalatse has thanked her colleagues in the council for their support in efforts to provide quality services to the residents of the city.

The African Transformation Movement, African Independent Congress and Al-Jamah-Ah party tabled the motion.

Phalatse says there are squabbles in the multi-party government. “I’m appreciative of every kind word that was said to me. Unfortunately, we did try as the Democratic Alliance (DA) to bring in the Patriotic Alliance (PA) to stabilise our government. We have been in the minority since we started collapsing in September. That did not bear fruit. There are a lot of feelings about what happened and who is to blame.”