Health MMC Mpho Pha­latse re­in­stated

‘Her lead­er­ship of her De­part­ments has been in­stru­men­tal in the achieve­ment of ex­tended op­er­at­ing hours at City clin­ics and the roll­out of our sub­stance abuse fa­cil­i­ties’ - Mashaba

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Jo­han­nes­burg health MMC Mpho Pha­latse has been re­in­stated af­ter be­ing sus­pended for ex­press­ing sup­port for Is­rael. Mayor Her­man Mashaba said on Thurs­day that her re­turn to the may­oral com­mit­tee was effective from Thurs­day. Mashaba said the de­ci­sion fol­lowed an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the city’s multi-party govern­ment into the mat­ter.

“Aris­ing from the con­clu­sion of this process‚ it is my de­ci­sion that MMC Pha­latse should be re­in­stated as a Mem­ber of the May­oral Com­mit­tee effective 28 June 2018 and that she should be pub­licly rep­ri­manded for her re­marks in the name of the City of Jo­han­nes­burg‚” Mashaba said.

“As the Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor for the City of Jo­han­nes­burg‚ I have spo­ken to MMC Pha­latse and I am ap­pre­cia­tive that she is re­morse­ful for the im­pact of her re­marks.” Mashaba re­vealed the find­ings of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion:

Pha­latse had not con­tra­vened the DA pol­icy po­si­tion on its “com­mit­ment to a two-state so­lu­tion in which a se­cure and pros­per­ous Is­rael co­ex­ists peace­fully along­side a se­cure and pros­per­ous Pales­tine.”

Pha­latse had failed to ex­er­cise sound judge­ment in car­ry­ing out her of­fi­cial du­ties.

Pha­latse must be rep­ri­manded for the re­marks she had made on be­half of the City.

“I would like to as­sure the res­i­dents of the City of Jo­han­nes­burg‚ as well as mem­bers of the Jewish and Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties in South Africa‚ that we re­main com­mit­ted to the idea of a peace­ful two-state so­lu­tion in the Mid­dle East‚” Mashaba said.

He said Pha­latse had on Tues­day al­ready met one of the con­di­tions of her re­in­state­ment‚ which was to is­sue a pub­lic apol­ogy.

The other con­di­tion was to at­tend a work­shop “from an ap­pro­pri­ate body‚ to bet­ter un­der­stand the com­plex­ity of is­sues in the Mid­dle East.”

“MMC Pha­latse‚ a med­i­cal doc­tor by pro­fes­sion‚ has proven to be a high-per­form­ing Mem­ber of the May­oral Com­mit­tee.

“Her lead­er­ship of her De­part­ments has been in­stru­men­tal in the achieve­ment of ex­tended op­er­at­ing hours at City clin­ics and the roll­out of our sub­stance abuse fa­cil­i­ties‚” Mashaba said.

“The res­i­dents of the City of Jo­han­nes­burg‚ es­pe­cially those in need of pri­mary health­care and so­cial ser­vices‚ would be best served by the re­turn of MMC Pha­latse and af­ford­ing her the op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute to a health­ier and more so­cially co­he­sive City. “This is our fo­cus and‚ ul­ti­mately‚ the best way that we can serve the res­i­dents of our City.”

File Photo: MMC Pha­latse serves lo­cal res­i­dents at a Chow4Change ini­tia­tive

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