Dr Mpho Phalatse Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Height, Net Worth

Dr Mpho Phalatse Biography

Mpho Phalatse is a politician and medical practitioner from South Africa. He is now serving as the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. Mpho Phalatse was born on November 7, 1977. She is a representative of the Democratic Alliance, and she won the election for this post on November 22nd, 2021. She is the first person of either gender to hold the position of mayor of the metropolitan municipality since its inception in the year 2000. She is the first person of African descent to hold the position of mayor in the city of Johannesburg, and she is only the city’s second female mayor overall, following Jessie McPherson, who was in office from 1945 to 1946.

Phalatse had previously held the position of member of the mayoral committee (MMC) in Johannesburg for Health and Social Development from the years 2016 until 2019.

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Real Name:Mpho Phalatse
Occupation:Medical Doctor and Politician
Date Of Birth/Age:
Place of Birth:Pretoria, South Africa
Gender:Female
Nationality:South African
Marital Status:Married (Madimetja Lucky Phakeng)
Education:Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Early life and career 

Phalatse was born on November 7th, 1977 in the city of Hebron, in the province of Pretoria. The first few years of her life were spent in Hebron with her grandmother, where she remained until she moved in with her parents in Mabopane. They were both in the field of education. Phalatse graduated from high school in 1994. She decided to pursue a degree in chemical engineering the next year and enrolled at the University of Witwatersrand to do so. Phalatse made the decision to pursue a career in medicine during her second year at Wits University. She subsequently enrolled at the Sefako Makgatho University and MEDUNSA, both of which awarded her an MBChB after she completed their respective programs. In 2005, she graduated medical school and went on to do her internship at Tembisa Hospital. After that, she performed volunteer work in the Hammanskraal neighborhood before offering her assistance at the Jubilee Hospital.

During the year that she spent volunteering in the community, Phalatse enrolled in a program at Cranefield College   to pursue project management studies. After that, she went on to earn a postgraduate diploma in addition to her earlier advanced diploma in Project Management and Programme Management. She began her studies toward a Master of Medicine degree at Wits University in the year 2011.

Phalatse is a member of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, where she holds the credential of Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME) (ABIME). While serving on the Professional Conduct Committee of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, she worked as a casualty officer at the Alexandra Community Health Centre and as a sexual assault care practitioner at the Far East Rand Hospital. In addition, she was a member of the Professional Conduct Committee.

 

Political career 

Phalatse became a member of the Democratic Alliance and ran for a seat on the Johannesburg City Council in 2016. He won that election. Phalatse was selected to serve on the mayoral committee for health and social development after Herman Mashaba, the recently elected mayor, made the selection.

After she said that “the city [Johannesburg] and herself were now friends of Israel” on June 12, 2018, Mashaba suspended her from her position as mayor.   On June 26th, she was given back her previous position.

Phalatse was a member of the Mayoral Committee up to November 2019, when Mashaba resigned from his position as mayor.

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Mayoralty 

Election 

On the 23rd of August 2021, the head of the DA, John Steenhuisen, made the announcement that Phalatse had been chosen to represent the DA in the next mayoral election for the City of Johannesburg, which will take place on the 1st of November 2021. Again, no party was able to win a majority of the seats, and the District Attorney’s support in the city dropped by over 12% after the election.

Phalatse was chosen to serve as the Executive Mayor of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality during the very first council meeting on November 22, 2021. This meeting took place. She won the mayoral election in council with 144 votes out of a total of 265, defeating the candidacy of the African National Congress (ANC), the incumbent mayor Mpho Moerane, who garnered just 121 votes. Phalatse won the election with the support of several lesser-known political groups, including the Economic Freedom Fighters, the Freedom Front Plus, and ActionSA. [8] [9][10] She is the first woman to hold the position of mayor of the metropolitan municipality (which was founded in 2000), the first black female mayor of Johannesburg, and the second woman to hold the position overall, following Jessie McPherson, who held it from 1945 to 1946.

 

Tenure 

Phalatse placed a moratorium on the filling of empty positions and the extension of employment contracts in the City of Johannesburg on November 26th, 2021. This moratorium was in effect until further notice.  On December 3, 2021, when Phalatse was giving her acceptance speech as mayor, ANC councillors interrupted it and asked that she renounce past comments she made in support of Israel. This took place on the same day. Phalatse did not give in to their demands despite their repeated efforts.

Phalatse made the announcement regarding the formation of her ten-member multi-party mayoral committee on the 13th of December, 2021. The Democratic Alliance was only able to secure four roles on the mayoral committee, while Action South Africa was successful in securing three portfolios. Each of the African Christian Democratic Party, the Inkatha Freedom Party, and the Freedom Front Plus were successful in securing one of the portfolios. Phalatse stated that the DA had been successful in forming a ten-party majority coalition administration. This government holds a total of 136 out of the 270 seats in council, giving it an outright majority.   Al Jama’ah withdrew from the coalition agreement at the beginning of January 2022 due to the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) support for Israel. As a result of this, the coalition lost its position as the majority in the council. [17] Ashley Sauls, who was serving as the leader of the Patriotic Alliance caucus in the City of Johannesburg on the 17th of January 2022, made the announcement that the party had reached a power-sharing deal with the DA in the metropolitan area. At this point, the coalition administration held 140 seats, which was sufficient for an absolute majority of seats in council.   In February of 2022, Sauls was sworn in as the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Health and Social Development. He succeeded Franco de Lange of the Freedom Front Plus, who had voluntarily resigned in order to make room for Sauls to join the mayoral committee. Sauls replaced Franco de Lange as the MMC for Health and Social Development.

The C40 Steering Committee is the governing body that provides strategic direction for the network of 97 cities that is dedicated to resolving the global climate issue. On January 17, 2022, Phalatse and Giuseppe Sala, the Mayor of Milan, were elected as Vice Chairs of the C40 Steering Committee.

Removal from office 

Very quickly, fissures started to appear in the alliance formed by the DA. Despite the fact that the coalition held a majority of seats in council, on August 31, 2022, DA councillor Vasco da Gama was removed from his position as council speaker as a result of a motion of no confidence that received 132 more votes than it received 136. Contrary to the instructions given by their parties, certain councillors from the coalition partners of the Democratic Alliance, including the Congress of the People, the United Independent Movement, and the Inkatha Freedom Party, voted to have da Gama removed from office. They were all ultimately subjected to penalties or expelled as a result. There was contention among coalition partners on who would replace da Gama, with ActionSA expressing their preference for an IFP councillor to take da Gama’s place.

After the Patriotic Alliance, a member of the DA-led coalition, voted against Alex Christians on September 28, 2022, COPE councillor Colleen Makhubele was elected speaker with the help of the ANC-led bloc over the DA’s Alex Christians. Makhubele won the election with the help of the ANC-led bloc over Christians.

After the DA’s refusal to make any changes to the coalition agreement, the PA ultimately decided to withdraw their support from the coalition and instead align themselves with the ANC-led group. Makhubele then called for a special meeting of the council to be held on September 30 in order to hold the vote of no confidence that had been tabled against Phalatse by the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania several weeks ago over service delivery issues. The vote of no confidence was to be held in order for Makhubele to call the meeting. [26] Phalatse went to the High Court in Johannesburg in an effort to stop the special sitting of council from happening and to get the court to rule that the programming committee’s decision to call a special council meeting was unlawful. This was Phalatse’s goal, as the meeting in question did not have a quorum, and as a result, the programming committee’s decision to call a special council meeting was also unconstitutional. [27] [28] [29] Phalatse was removed from her position as mayor and her lawsuit was dismissed by the High Court on the same day, September 30th, 2022. Dada Morero, a member of the ANC, was chosen to take her place in the position. [30]

On October 25, 2022, the High Court issued a ruling declaring that the council Speaker’s decision to place a motion of no confidence against Phalatse was unlawful, unconstitutional, and invalid. This decision was made by the council Speaker. Her reinstatement as mayor is pending.

Personal life 

Phalatse is a single mother with three children.

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