John Moodey, Gauteng Provincial Leader for the DA says it would be wise for party members to ask for permission before attending certain events in future. He says to avoid bringing the party's name into disrepute or to misrepresent where the party stands on a particular issue, members should ask if it is okay to attend events or not.
His comments come amid the suspension of MMC for Health and Social Development, Mpho Phalatse by the City of Johannesburg's Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba. Phalatse publicly declared that the city is a friend of Israel over the weekend.
I had to act on the matter and I have referred it to our federal legal commission so they can investigate and take necessary steps. I have not spoken to the MMC but the mayor and chief of staff has. She indicated that she was speaking in her personal capacity, the fact that she has mentioned the City of Johannesburg is very unfortunate as she will face whatever repercussions there may be.— John Moodey, Gauteng Provincial Leader for the DA
Moodey says politicians and a leaders need to be very careful about the events they attend and the people they associate themselves with because they become brand ambassadors of the party.
Meanwhile, Musa Novela, Gauteng Regional Chairperson for EFF says they had to explain to mayor the legislation in terms of the relationship between the city of and the people of Palestine. He says the city donated a statue of Nelson Mandela because it could not distance itself from the struggle of people of Palestine.
Today as we speak the statue of Nelson Mandela donated by the city of Jo'burg stands tall in the city of RAMAL. It was very unfortunate that the MMC spoke and tried to insinuate that the city of Jo'burg is the friend of Israel which is not true. We are going to pursue and make sure that the committee of counsel will be able to take further steps in terms of such utterances which have misrepresented the position of the city of Jo'burg.— Musa Novela, Gauteng Regional Chairperson for EFF
According to Novela, the budget is not yet passed as the are still deliberations with coccus breaks.
Listen to Musa Novela and John Moodey explaining the ramifications the MMC is faced with.