The DA’s Mpho Phalatse has made history by becoming the first female mayor in the City of Johannesburg. Phalatse won by a resounding margin – bagging 144 votes while the ANC’s Mpho Moerane only managed to receive 121.
Mpho Phalatse will officially take charge of the sprawling metro, a little over two years after Herman Mashaba quit the post and the DA lost control of Joburg. Earlier this month, it seemed like the ANC would keep hold of the city… but it now looks like they have been blindsided by the work of the EFF and ActionSA.
Voting patterns in the election of House Speaker Vasco da Gama – also a DA representative – suggested that the Red Berets and Herman Mashaba’s party had secretly thrown their weight behind the Blues.
The DA’s candidate Vasco da Gama was elected speaker. Da Gama, who was in the post between 2016 and 2019, received 147 votes while the ANC’s Eunice Mgcina got 118.
The DA makes a comeback in Joburg, thanks to support from the EFF and ActionSA.
Phalatse has admitted that she hadn’t anticipated emerging victorious in the election for mayor, particularly given the fact that coalition talks between the DA and ActionSA, Freedom Front Plus, ACDP and UDM didn’t end so well.
While this isn’t Phalatse’s first rodeo (she was Joburg’s MMC for Health under Mashaba ), what else is there to know about her?