Health and Social Development MMC Mpho Phalatse was suspended by Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba for making comments at the South African Friend of Israel national conference at the weekend.
Phalatse said: "I am a friend of Israel and the City of Johannesburg is a friend of Israel."
Mashaba wasted no time in suspending her saying he is disappointed that the Councillor attributed her personal remarks to the city.
MMC has got the right to express her own opinion....— Herman Mashaba, Mayor at City of Joburg
But in this case, all of us we are aware of the sensitivity of the situation in the Middle East so when one acts in public platforms we have to be really careful.— Herman Mashaba, Mayor at City of Joburg
The clip that I saw does not auger well with peace within caucus and in the country so I thought let me put a suspension and investigate the matter.— Herman Mashaba, Mayor at City of Joburg
Mashaba says Phalatse is a good public servant but it is important to be sensitive to world affairs.
He says she had no right to bring in the City of Johannesburg in her comments because the city employs Jews, Muslims, Hindus and more and needed to be sensitive on behalf of all.
To hear the rest of the interview with Herman Mashaba, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Herman Mashaba explains why he suspended MMC over pro-Israel comments