Former Joburg mayor Mpho Moerane has died
The former mayor of Joburg, Mpho Moerane, has died. Moerane succumbed to the injuries he sustained during a horrific accident last week.
The family confirmed his demise during a media briefing at Milpark Hospital, where he had been admitted for just over a week.
Family spokesman, Mike Maile, said: “The Moerane family is extremely sadden and disappointed over the untimely demise of their son, husband and father, following his involvement in a motor vehicle accident.
“Comrade Mpho was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of this hospital, where he received maximum expert treatment and support around the clock.
“He sadly didn’t respond well to treatment and with heavy hearts and deep sorrow, we confirm that we lost our beloved Mpho this afternoon.
“His passing has deeply pained us. He was certified dead at 17.54pm.”
Prior to today’s announcement, the family had to dispel the rumours that the former mayor had died, twice.
The rumours were circulating on various social media platforms, even on TV.
Moerane was Joburg mayor for just over a month between October and November last year.
He lost his position after his party was removed from power after last year’s November local elections, through a DA-led coalition.
Moerane raised his hand to replace former Joburg mayor, Jolidee Matongo, who died in September last year after a car crash in Lenasia, south of Joburg.
Matongo himself had been mayor of Joburg for less than a month between August and September last year.
The late Matongo was also brought in to replace another ANC mayor, Goeffery Makhubo, who sadly lost his life to Covid-19 after only serving for seven months as mayor, from December 2020 to July 2021. This is sad for South Africa as they have been too many deaths recently.