Mpho Phalatse Becomes Johannesburg First-Ever Female Mayor


The City of Johannesburg in South Africa has a new mayor.

This after Mpho Phalatse from the official opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA), was elected the city’s new mayor during a special council meeting on Monday evening.

This followed the nationwide local government elections on 01 November, in which no decisive winner emerged in the city and parties had to form coalitions.


Who Is Dr Mpho Phalatse?

Mpho Phalatse was born on 07 November 1977 (44 years old), is a South African medical doctor and politician now serving as the Mayor of Johannesburg after being elected on Monday evening, 22 November 2021.

She is the first woman to hold the role. From 2016 to 2019, she served as the member of the mayoral committee for Health and Social Development in the City of Johannesburg before her DA party was prematurely ousted by the African National Congress (ANC). Less than 3 years later she is back as the mayor.

Phalatse won by 144 votes, while the outgoing ANC’s Mpho Moerane received 121 votes.


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