'Pack your bags': City of Johannesburg speaker denies Phalatse's 'gift' claim

27th January 2023 By: News24Wire

 'Pack your bags': City of Johannesburg speaker denies Phalatse's 'gift' claim

Former City of Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse

City of Johannesburg speaker Colleen Makhubele on Friday said she didn't send a bag to former mayor Mpho Phalatse.

On Thursday, Phalatse claimed the speaker sent her a bag with a note which read "pack your bags". Hours later, Phalatse was ousted as City of Johannesburg mayor in a motion of no confidence.

Speaking at the 13th extraordinary council sitting on Friday, Makhubele addressed Phalatse and the media.

Addressing Phalatse by her middle name Louisa, Makhubele said: "The speaker did not send a bag to the office of the mayor [with a note reading 'pack your bags']."

Makhubele took issue with Phalatse raising the matter with the media.

Mayoral candidates

Meanwhile, three candidates have been nominated for the vacant mayoral position – Al Jama-ah councillor Thapelo Amad, ActionSA councillor Funzi Ngobeni and the Democratic Alliance's (DA's) Phalatse.

As was the case on Thursday, the leaders of various parties, including Al Jama-ah, were present in the auditorium.

PA leaders Gayton McKenzie and Kenny Kunene were also in council. They were seen conversing with Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi.

The Al Jama-ah leaders also took photos with the PA leaders just before the break, which was called early to allow Muslim councillors to attend afternoon prayers.

The leaders are in council to ensure that what happened in the Ekurhuleni metro last year wasn't repeated. In November, the African National Congress, Economic Freedom Fighters and opposition parties failed to reach a power-sharing agreement, paving the way for the DA's Tania Campbell to return as mayor after she was removed in a motion of no confidence vote.

Lesufi's presence is said to be a direction from national leaders.

Voting for the new mayor will begin on Friday afternoon once the councillors have returned after the adjournment.