Slap on the wrist for 'friend of Israel': MMC Mpho Phalatse reinstated

Slap on the wrist for 'friend of Israel': MMC Mpho Phalatse reinstated

- Johannesburg's member of the mayoral committee for health Mpho Phalatse who was suspended earlier this month for public comments in support of Israel

- Mayor Herman Mashaba has reinstated Phalatse, with conditions

- The MMC made a public apology earlier for her comments

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Johannesburg's Health MMC Mpho Phalatse has been reinstated after she was suspended earlier in June.

Mayor Herman Mashaba made the announcement early on the 28th of June. The MMC has been given back her job, but with conditions: A public apology, which has been made already, and the MMC is to attend a workshop so she can understand the issues of the Middle East.

Phalatse got into hot water after her public remarks about Israel in which she said that she and the Johannesburg city support the country. An investigation was launched into the remarks, as reported by eNCA.

The MMC has made a public apology for her actions. Mayor Mashaba believes that Phalatse is remorseful.

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Phalatse's remarks earlier this month let to a heated reaction, as reported by

Phalatse stated that she is a friend of Israel at an event - Friends of Isreal - held in Johannesburg.

Mayor Mashaba said Phalatse was wrong to make the remark in the way that she did. He felt the conflict in Israel is a very complicated issue. The matter needs a delicate approach.

The Johannesburg mayor felt that Phalatse's words caused confusion and did not address the sensitive issue of Isreal's conflict.

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The Facebook group South African Friends of Israel showed their support for Phalatse after her suspension:

South African Friends of Israel

South African Friends of Israel supported Phalatse (Image Source: South African Friends of Israel Facebook page)

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