Thapelo Amad Biography| Qualifications, Career as Joburg Mayor, Resignation
Thapelo Amad, a politician and imam from South Africa, was appointed as the interim mayor of Johannesburg on January 27th, 2023, after receiving support from the African National Congress (ANC). This historical moment also marked the first time a Muslim person was elected to the position of mayor in Johannesburg.
Background and Qualifications
Born in Soweto, Gauteng, Thapelo Amad holds a degree in Islamic sciences, as well as NQF Level 4 and NQF Level 5 qualifications in entrepreneurship and gender mainstreaming in the public service respectively, which he acquired from the National School of Government.
In addition, he is a fellow of the ASRI Future Leaders program and is currently pursuing a certificate of competence offered by the South African Local Government Association. Beyond his political pursuits, Amad is also an imam.
As the provincial chairperson of Al Jama-ah, a political party that advocates for the implementation of sharia law, Amad also holds the position of a Johannesburg city councillor. In the administration of ANC mayor Dada Morero, Amad briefly served as the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Development Planning in October 2022.
Career As Mayor of Johanessburg
Mpho Phalatse was ousted as mayor on 26th January 2023 through a vote of no confidence. It was later disclosed that Thapelo Amad, who had the backing of the African National Congress (ANC) and its coalition partners, was likely to take over as the new mayor. According to a statement by the ANC, Amad would serve as an interim mayor until a coalition agreement was finalized with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who held the balance of power in the council.
The following day, during the council meeting, Thapelo Amad, Phalatse, and Funzi Ngobeni from ActionSA were nominated for the position of mayor. Amad won the mayoral election with 138 votes, while Phalatse and Ngobeni garnered 81 and 46 votes, respectively.
Thapelo Amad resigned on 24 April 2023 a day before he faced a motion of no confidence in him.