Who is Mpho Phalatse: Six things to know about the new Joburg Mayor

Who is Mpho Phalatse: Six things to know about the new Joburg Mayor

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?


  • Phalatse is a qualified medical doctor – she studied at the Sefako Makgatho University and MEDUNSA and did her internship at Tembisa Hospital in 2005. She then did community service in Hammanskraal, where she offered services at Jubilee Hospital as well as various clinics within the area.
  • She was born and raised in Tshwane – having been raised by her grandmother in Hebron and staying with her parents, both of whom were educators, in Mabopane.
  • Phalatse is also a Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME) with the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME).
  • After venturing into the business world, she decided to return to healthcare by registering for an MMed in Public Health Medicine at Wits University in 2011. The decision was inspired by the poverty Phalatse saw in underdeveloped villages in the North-West.
  • She is a single mom of three children (ages five, 11 and 18)
  • Her favourite foods include chicken ‘hardbody’ and brown pap




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