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S African city suspends councillor over pro-Israel comment

AFP  |  Johannesuburg 

The of South Africa's economic hub suspended a today after she made a public declaration that the city was a "friend" of

According to a video of her speech, Mpho Phalatse, a in charge of health, said at a weekend pro-event: "I would like to declare that I am a friend of and the city of is a friend of Israel." "We value you, we celebrate you, we appreciate you, feel at home..." she told participants at a conference held as part of a series of events organised by pro-Israel community and religious groups.

announced that he had decided "to suspend... Phalatse pending an investigation into the full and proper context in which those remarks were made".

Mashaba said he was "disappointed" that the attributed her personal sentiments to the city on such an "emotional and sensitive" issue.

The councillor is a member of the country's main opposition which is in power in the city of

The party supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

Last month recalled its to Israel after at least 52 Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces during protests over the opening in

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 19:40 IST