Parks Tau

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Mpho Franklyn Parks Tau
2nd Mayor of Johannesburg
Assumed office
26 May 2011[1]
Preceded by Amos Masondo[1]
Personal details
Born 1970[2]
Orlando, Soweto
Nationality South African
Political party African National Congress
Spouse(s) Pilisiwe Twala-Tau[1]
Children Four[1]
Profession Mayor of Johannesburg
Website [1] (Office of the Executive Mayor)

Mpho Franklyn Parks Tau is the current mayor of the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a member of the African National Congress, and is the second elected mayor, after Amos Masondo, of the Unified City of Johannesburg.

Early life[edit]

Tau was born in 1970[2] in Orlando, Soweto and became active in student politics at a young age.[1]

Tau was elected president of the Soweto Youth Congress and later served on the Pretoria Witwatersrand Vereeniging (PWV) region of the newly launched ANC Youth League in 1990. He was elected Regional Secretary of the ANC Johannesburg region and is the Regional Deputy Chairperson.[1]


Tender Rigging Scandal[edit]

In late September 2012, a consortium called Coral Lagoon, which was formed by the ANC, bought an empowerment stake from Capitec Bank using capital provided by the Industrial Development Corporation.[3] Several high profile members of society made up the beneficiaries, including Pilisiwe Twala-Tau, Parks Tau's wife.[3] Parks Tau was alleged to be involved in the tender process as it seemed convenient that his wife was a part of it while he was still the head of the mayoral committee in charge of financial strategy and economic development.[4] However, his official spokesperson, Fred Mokoko, asserted that no council member, including mayors, are allowed to be involved in any way whatsoever in tender processes.[4] Despite the statement from his spokesperson, Tau was accused of rigging the tenders to the benefit of Regiments, an empowerment firm with close ties to the ANC and to Coral Lagoon, the consortium that made Pilisiwe Twala-Tau a millionaire.[5] In August 2013, Parks Tau was cleared of all allegations that he irregularly benefited from the financial consortium's transactions.[6]

City Power Outage[edit]

After City Power employees went on strike in early September 2013, much of Johannesburg was left in darkness with many areas being affected by power outages.[7] Mmusi Maimane, a politician from the opposition party accused Tau of inaction in the face of cries for help from the community, alleging that up to 30 000 people were affected by the power outages.[8] Fred Mokoko issued a statement on 7 September 2013 in which he assured affected individuals that the city was well aware of the situation and that they would be working closely with the South African Police Service and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that the matter was taken care of. He also communicated that Tau condemned the striking action and that criminal activity was likely the cause of the outages.[9]

Charity Work[edit]

Tau is involved in numerous charitable activities.

He took part in the 2013 edition of the Mayoral Charity Golf day which raised over R1 million for various non-governmental organizations that assist in improving the lives of those suffering with HIV/AIDS.[10][11][12]

On 10 December 2011 and 1 December 2012, Tau hosted a birthday party called the Every Child Birthday Party, which is a party hosted for children who may suffer from a range of vulnerabilities, including disabilities and being orphaned.[13][14]

Preceded by
Amos Masondo
Mayor of Johannesburg
Succeeded by


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