DA mayoral candidate for the City of Johannesburg in the upcoming local government elections Dr Mpho Phalatse says she is committed to living her life according to Ephesians 2:10 which says: “We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God has prepared in advance that we should walk in them.”.
“I believe I’m on assignment and I live each day to pursue the fulfilment of my earthly purpose – to serve humanity and contribute towards the socioeconomic upliftment of my fellow man,” she said
Phalatse, 43, was responding to a request by Gateway News to expand on a tweet in which she said her life is a “God project”.
A single mother of three children, a medical doctor and certified medical examiner and former Johannesburg health and social development MMC, she is currently serving as a PR councillor and a member of the DA caucus in Johannesburg.
She says that as a MMC she championed the extension of service hours in clinics, as well as the city’s multipronged substance abuse prevention and treatment strategy, among other achievements.
In 2018, Phalatse was suspended as MMC by former DA mayor Herman Mashaba following an angry response from political groups including the EFF, ANC and some of her party colleagues to pro-Israel comments she made at a SA Friends of Israel conference. She was later reinstated after she apologised for “hurt and confusion” caused by her remarks which she said were taken out of context.
Asked by Gateway News how she felt about standing for a party whose position on issues like Israel, abortion and same-sex marriage seem to be at odds with biblical values, she said: “The DA is the most diverse party in South Africa and is home to people from different backgrounds, all with different views. The party is pro-choice and celebrates and promotes diversity. My views are not in any way compromised and equally, my personal beliefs are not compromised.”
She added: “Let’s look at a few biblical examples of people who served outside the traditional Church background: Esther in Persia, Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon
“All these people were destined by God to serve where they served, and they made a huge impact at a national level in the place of their assignment.”
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