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DA Councillor Resigns, Cites Dual Commitments and Desire for Future Contributions

Tinashe Mupasiri



Johannesburg, August 24, 2023 – In a surprise move, Councillor Dr Mpho Phalatse of the Democratic Alliance (DA) has tendered her resignation as a DA PR Councillor in the City of Johannesburg. Dr Phalatse’s decision, outlined in a heartfelt letter addressed to DA Caucus Leader Cllr Belinda Echeozonjoku, cites a conflict of commitments and a desire for future contributions as driving factors behind her departure.

Having entered mainstream politics in 2016 with the aim of serving her country, Dr Phalatse’s decision comes after seven years of dedicated service. Throughout her political journey, she has held pivotal positions, including Executive Mayor and Leader of the main opposition within a remarkably short span.

The heart of her resignation letter reveals the complex interplay between her roles as a qualified medical doctor and a Councillor. Dr Phalatse acknowledges the unpredictable nature of the healthcare space, where emergencies demand swift action, often at odds with the demanding schedule of council meetings.

“Faced with a choice between my Council responsibilities and medical career,” she states, “I am inclined to choose to save a life.”

While her resignation may signal an end to her current political role, Dr Phalatse is clear that it should not be interpreted as an exit from the DA or from politics altogether. Instead, she underscores her intention to continue serving her country in a different capacity, indicating a potential return to public service.

Dr Phalatse’s departure has elicited responses from fellow colleagues and residents of Johannesburg. Her commitment to excellence and unwavering dedication to public service have been recognized and appreciated. As she steps back from her role as a Councillor, her legacy and accomplishments within the DA and the City of Johannesburg remain a part of her enduring contribution.

The political landscape in Johannesburg may be undergoing changes, but Dr Mpho Phalatse’s decision to step aside reflects an individual striving to balance her roles while remaining steadfast in her commitment to the nation’s welfare.

Below is a link to Dr. Phalatse’s resignation letter:

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