Mayor reap­points health MMC af­ter sus­pen­sion

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Gauteng News - SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE shon­isanit@afro­

JOHANNESBURG mayor Herman Mashaba has re­in­stated the mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee (MMC) for health Mpho Pha­latse af­ter sus­pend­ing her for mak­ing pro-Is­raeli com­ments on a pub­lic plat­form.

He said the de­ci­sion was made af­ter an probe into her re­mark that the city would con­tinue to work with Is­rael on var­i­ous health pro­grammes.

“I equally ex­pressed my dis­ap­point­ment that she spoke on be­half of the city of Johannesburg and in a man­ner which failed to grasp the sen­si­tiv­ity and com­plex­ity of the is­sue as it ex­ists within our city and through­out the world,” Mashaba said.

He said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Pha­latse’s ut­ter­ances con­cluded that she had not con­tra­vened her party, DA po­si­tion of the party on its com­mit­ment to a two-state so­lu­tion where Is­rael co­ex­ists peace­fully with Pales­tine.

He said he had spo­ken with Pha­latse and that she was re­morse­ful for the im­pact of her re­marks.

“I have con­veyed to her that her re­in­state­ment must be con­di­tional on two fur­ther ac­tions which she has ac­cepted. The first re­quire­ment is that she is­sue a pub­lic apol­ogy for her re­marks on be­half of the city of Johannesburg.

“This was is­sued by MMC Pha­latse of her own vo­li­tion on June 26. The sec­ond re­quire­ment of Pha­latse, will be to at­tend a work­shop, from an ap­pro­pri­ate body, to bet­ter un­der­stand the com­plex­ity of is­sues in the Mid­dle East.”

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