Joburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse has split Mzansi with sharp throwbacks to former DA leader Tony Leon and former Deputy Chief Whip Mike Waters.
The verbal battle began when Leon hit out that Phalatse concluded a strategic planning session argued that fixing potholes, traffic lights and sidewalks would bring her more support than planning sessions.
As the DA caucus in Johannesburg gathered more information about broken infrastructure, Phalatse asked Leon to help stop trolling.
„You are too old for your Twitter trolling behavior. If you would like to contribute constructively to the rebuilding of the city, please email [email protected]”
She hit also claiming she was “rude and abusive”, asking why Leon wasn’t criticized and arguing “it’s not the first time he’s done this”.
Waters intervened, calling Phalatse’s comments “extremely disrespectful” and claiming she wouldn’t be mayor without Leon.
To which Phalatse replied : “More worryingly, you actually believe what you wrote. The DA people are having the party, every single one of them. We will not stand by and allow backward behavior to fester in the name of humility.”
While some stood by Phalatse and praised her for “not backing down,” others said she had ” show some decency” and be more respectful. Some suggested the mud fight should have been conducted in private.
Waters claimed Phalatse was “ignorant” and repeated his calls for humility, but DA Bundesrat leader Helen Zille did supported the mayor.
“Keep up the good work, Mpho. You have the toughest job in SA. No one else has ever managed to lead a nine-party coalition that has left its caucus behind while trying to fix a broken city. We support you 100%,” said Zille.
Former DA members and current ActionSA leaders Herman Mashaba and Bongani Baloyi also pledged their support for Phalatse.“Déjà vu. This time, Mayor, you are not alone. They have us and all peace-loving South Africans behind them. Let them live in their past and we will move the country forward,” Mashaba said.
“Rest assured that while we are here, no one will touch you. They have the support of ActionSA. Let’s continue the great work our multi-party coalition is doing,” Baloyi added.
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