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Ex-Johannesburg mayor Mpho Moerane to be laid to rest

The South African logo The South African 2022/05/22 Thabo Baloyi
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Family and friends of the former Johannesburg mayor Mpho Moerane will bid him farewell in a funeral service held on Sunday, 22 May 2022.

Moerane died on Wednesday afternoon after spending more than a week in hospital. He was involved in a serious car accident

Moerane is currently the leader of the ANC caucus in the city and heads the regional task team fundraiser. Moerane briefly served as the mayor of Johannesburg, having been elected in October 2021. However, it wasn’t long until the party ceded control of the metro in the 2021 Local Government Elections. His namesake, the DA’s Dr Mpho Phalatse then took over as mayor.

When Moerane became mayor, he replaced Jolidee Matongo, who also died in a car accident. Matongo himself had been completing the term of Geoff Makhubo, who succumbed to COVID-19 in July 2019.


President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the eulogy at Mpho Moerane’s funeral at the Kwabhekilanga sportsground in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.

“The funeral will start from 9am and there will be dignitaries from across different spheres of government and business people. The president is expected to be there as well to deliver a eulogy. The premier is also expected to be there and many other dignitaries and ministers,” said Bruce Sarela.

Ramaphosa has already expressed sorrow over Moerane’s death, saying in part: “This is a sad day for Johannesburg and for the nation, as we mourn the passing of a vibrant, young leader. Mpho Moerane was an entrepreneurial, multi-skilled leader who placed his talents and creative energy at the disposal of the citizens of Johannesburg”

Tributes for the former mayor have been pouring in, including from former Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau.

“Mpho Moerane leaves during a difficult time when he joins his predecessors in less than a year. We need to engage with the pain of losing dedicated cadres during a time of ensuring fundamental socio-economic transformation, during a process of renewal in the movement to transform the lives of the historically disadvantaged,” Tau said.


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