Daniel Plato is a South African politician who is the Mayor of Cape Town, after having taken office on 6 November 2018, a position he previously held from May 2009 until June 2011. He previously served as Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and Western Cape Provincial Minister of Community Safety.
Born in Cape Town, Plato was involved in political activities during his high school career. He was a community organiser and played a crucial role in mobilizing residents against the Apartheid government. He was elected a ward councillor in 1996. He served in various positions and internal Democratic Alliance caucus positions during his tenure as Cape Town city councillor. He was elected mayor in 2009, succeeding Helen Zille.
He left office on 1 June 2011 after the Democratic Alliance nominated Patricia de Lille to be the party’s mayoral candidate ahead of the 2011 local government elections. Western Cape Premier Helen Zille reshuffled her cabinet and appointed Plato to the position of Provincial Minister of Community Safety, succeeding Albert Fritz. He was sworn in on June 2011.
In August 2018, he declared himself to be a candidate to replace Patricia de Lille, who announced in August 2018 that she would resign in October 2018. He was selected by the Democratic Alliance in September 2018. In late October 2018, Plato resigned as Provincial Minister of Community Safety and Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and was sworn in as Member of the Cape Town City Council on 1 November 2018. He was elected Mayor of Cape Town on 6 November 2018.