In a step which will make the city less efficient and slow processes down, Mpho Phalatse has been voted out of her position of Mayor of Johannesburg, after only six months in the role.
The new mayor is the ANC’s Johannesburg regional chair, Dada Morero. He will have to select a new cabinet and employ new staff. It means that city officials will have to meet suppliers, contractors and other service providers all over again.
Morero was voted in, unopposed on Friday, shortly after Phalatse, of the DA, was removed through an ANC-sponsored motion of no confidence, despite her filing an urgent court bid to interdict the special council sitting.
Morero’s election marks the return of the ANC’s control of the metro following a multiparty coalition led by the DA that took power after the November 2021 local government polls.
The DA has also lost the position of council speaker receby after Vasco Da Gama was ousted in favour of COPE’s Colleen Makhubele.
The count showed 139 councillors voted in favour of the motion to remove Phalatse as mayor, only two days after the ANC, EFF, Patriotic Alliance and other smaller parties installed Makhubele as speaker.