- Johannesburg's Mayor Herman Mashaba suspended the City's MMC for health on Tuesday morning
- The MMC stated that she and the City of Johannesburg are friends of Isreal - amid reports conflict involving the country
- Mashaba's decision is being applauded all across South Africa
Herman Mashaba has been a busy man this week. First he warned the ANC he will take their headquarters if they don't pay their debt.
Now he has suspended Johannesburg's MMC for Health and Social Development, Mpho Phalatse.
The sudden announcement was made on Tuesday during a council meeting.
On Sunday MMC Phalatse declared that she - and the City of Johannesburg - are allied with Israel.
Phalatse stated that she is a friend of Israel at an event - Friends of Isreal - held in Johannesburg.
Mashaba stated that Phalatse was wrong to make the remark in the way that she did. He feels the conflict in Israel is a very complicated issue. The matter needs a delicate approach.
The Johannesburg mayor feels that Phalatse's words caused confusion and did not address the sensitive issue of Isreal's conflict.
According to a report by News24, Mayor Mashaba is disappointed in Phalatse. She should not have linked the City of Johannesburg to her own personal views.
Briefly.co.za gathered that he EFF has requested that Phalatse be fired immediately, as they are disturbed by her comments.
Floyd Shivambu has congratulated Mashaba's decision to suspend Phalatse.
Another South African shared some love for Mashaba's decision:
With Phalatse suspended, Mayor Mashaba and the DA will now investigate the MMC's comments more closely.
They will have to decide if her words were in contrast to the party's policies.
The ANC has also stated their disapproval of Phalatse's actions. They condemned her behaviour and quite dramatically said they distance themselves from her words.
The ANC then went on to emphasise their sup"heroic people of Palestine". The party does not approve of Israel's occupation of Palestine or the oppression that Palestinians have suffered.
It is not yet clear if Phalatse's suspension will be overturned into a complete dismissal.
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